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-Text: July 13, 2002 by Michael HaymanCarolyn Gatz for Brookings Institute study story.-

-Caption: Project director Carolyn Gatz: ``What we're trying to do is put forth an ambitious community agenda that is long-term and is not about . . . specifically what the government by itself might do, but is about what the community as a whole needs to think about in order to achieve the potential of becoming the 16th-largest city in America.''

Carolyn Gatz

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program

Carolyn Gatz has partnered with The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings for more than fifteen years, first as a local practitioner of inclusive civic organization and community/economic development, and more recently as a Senior Fellow and Director of Metro Engagement from 2014 to 2016.

As a practitioner and consultant, Ms. Gatz has worked in local government, for national foundations and with economic development, workforce development and community development groups to design, implement, and lead boundary-crossing strategic initiatives aimed at furthering inclusive growth and the expansion of economic opportunity in metropolitan regions.

She served as civic coach to four metropolitan regions across the country engaged in the development of long-term strategies for economic growth and opportunity through the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, a five-year initiative for which she also oversaw the formal evaluation and capstone convening of metro leaders and funding partners at the Rockefeller Foundation.

As a social entrepreneur, she founded The Greater Louisville Project, an enduring civic agenda-setting initiative widely credited with fostering and sustaining a unifying agenda for progress for more than 15 years. As a civic leader, she served as chair and long-time board member for the community’s largest non-profit health care system.

She began her career in public policy and practice as a special assistant to the Mayor of Louisville, a position from which she led a wide range of initiatives in community, economic and workforce development. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Carolyn Gatz has partnered with The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings for more than fifteen years, first as a local practitioner of inclusive civic organization and community/economic development, and more recently as a Senior Fellow and Director of Metro Engagement from 2014 to 2016.

As a practitioner and consultant, Ms. Gatz has worked in local government, for national foundations and with economic development, workforce development and community development groups to design, implement, and lead boundary-crossing strategic initiatives aimed at furthering inclusive growth and the expansion of economic opportunity in metropolitan regions.

She served as civic coach to four metropolitan regions across the country engaged in the development of long-term strategies for economic growth and opportunity through the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, a five-year initiative for which she also oversaw the formal evaluation and capstone convening of metro leaders and funding partners at the Rockefeller Foundation.

As a social entrepreneur, she founded The Greater Louisville Project, an enduring civic agenda-setting initiative widely credited with fostering and sustaining a unifying agenda for progress for more than 15 years. As a civic leader, she served as chair and long-time board member for the community’s largest non-profit health care system.

She began her career in public policy and practice as a special assistant to the Mayor of Louisville, a position from which she led a wide range of initiatives in community, economic and workforce development. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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