Jennifer Vey

Jennifer S. Vey

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Brookings Metro

Jennifer S. Vey is a senior fellow with Brookings Metro and the director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking. Vey’s work primarily focuses on how place-based policies and practices can generate widespread economic, social, and environmental benefits. She is the author or co-author of dozens of Brookings publications examining the changing place needs of people and businesses; the implications of these shifts on how we live and work; and how transformative placemaking investments can support the development of more vibrant, connected, and inclusive communities. She also co-edited Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America’s Older Industrial Areas (2008) and Hyper-local: Place Governance in a Fragmented World (2022).

Prior to joining Brookings in 2001, Vey was a community planning and development specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  She earned a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia and holds a B.A. in Geography from Bucknell University. She lives with her family in Baltimore.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Innovation Districts
    • Urban reinvestment
    • Regional economic competitiveness
    • Metropolitan growth and development
    • Placemaking
  • Current Positions

    • Executive Vice President of Policy and Research, Greater Baltimore Committee
  • Past Positions

    • Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro
    • Director, The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking
    • Fellow, Brookings Metro (2007-2015)
    • Senior Research Analyst, Senior Research Associate, Brookings Metro (2001-2007)
    • Community Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1999-2001)
    • Budget Analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1998-1999)
  • Education

    • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Master of Planning, 1997
    • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, graduate study in geography, 1993-1994
    • Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, Bachelor of Arts, Geography, 1993   
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