The Brookings Institution’s Board of Trustees today appointed Amy Liu to be interim president of Brookings effective July 7. Liu is currently vice president and director of Brookings Metro and the Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy.
As interim president, Liu will focus on ensuring organizational continuity and stability as the search for a permanent president gets underway.
Liu has been with Brookings for more than 25 years. A national expert on cities and metropolitan areas, Liu co-founded Brookings Metro in 1996, building what is today a leading source for insights among leaders in government, business, nonprofits, and philanthropy in regions around the country interested in promoting prosperous, just, and resilient communities. Brookings Metro is known for trusted, future-leaning research; actionable knowledge on how markets and public policies jointly create lasting change; and for fostering collaborative networks that bring leaders together to get things done.
In 2013, Liu served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation, and data. Prior to joining Brookings, Liu was Special Assistant to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and staffed the U.S. Senate Banking Committee’s subcommittee on housing and urban affairs.
Liu succeeds Ted Gayer, who is serving as acting president and is departing Brookings after 13 years for a previously-announced opportunity. Alan Berube, senior fellow and deputy director of Brookings Metro, will serve as interim vice president and director of Brookings Metro.