David Lanham is a public policy communications leader with experience working closely with the nation’s leading public policy experts to disseminate research, data, and thought leadership focused on domestic policy issues that include economic development, labor, technology and AI, climate resilience, infrastructure, workforce development, housing, racial equity, and demographic change. With a career dedicated to improving public policies, Lanham is passionate about expanding access to accurate information, contributing to solutions that can redress inequities, and improving the livelihoods of all people.
Lanham previously served as Senior Director of Communications at Brookings Metro, leading the communications team for six years and managing the research program’s strategic communications planning, media relations, social media, writing and editing, visual design, and events management functions. Lanham also served on Brookings Metro’s Senior Leadership Team, tasked with guiding the business of the program along with other departmental leads.
During his tenure at Brookings, Lanham led efforts to modernize Brookings’s racial/ethnic terminologies in Brookings’s writing style guide, and encouraged the Associated Press and other media/publishing outlets to standardize the capitalization of Black, in regards to describing people.