Marek Gootman

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Brookings Metro

Marek Gootman is a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Metro. Gootman was previously a fellow and director of strategic partnerships and global initiatives. Gootman’s focus is on bridging think tank perspective with real world action to increase the vitality of cities and metropolitan areas. Activities involve policy development, demonstration projects, peer learning networks, and external relations. Topics addressed include comprehensive regional/state economic strategies, exports and foreign investment, infrastructure, innovation, workforce, finance, and governance. Gootman engages public and private partners in more than 30 metro areas and 20 states, as well as national interests, to advance adoption of the program’s ideas. Gootman also leads the Global Cities Initiative, a project launched in 2011 aimed at helping U.S. and international metro areas strengthen their global economic connections and competitiveness. Previously, Gootman led a law and lobbying practice as a partner at Patton Boggs LLP, primarily counseling local governments, public agencies, and related interests on federal issues and public policy, including seven of the 10 largest U.S. cities. Gootman also served in federal agencies as a senior advisor on various urban initiatives and program management reform; and in a bi-state metropolitan planning organization coordinating public-private partnership projects and public affairs activities. Gootman’s international experience includes policy and economic development work in the U.K., Europe, and New Zealand. Gootman earned a law degree from Georgetown University; a master of government administration at the Fels Institute, University of Pennsylvania; and a business degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Gootman is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars, and serves on the boards of several national and local organizations.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Policy development
    • Peer learning networks
  • Past Positions

    • Partner, Patton Boggs LLP
    • Senior Advisor on Urban Initiatives and Program Management Reform, Federal Agencies
  • Education

    • JD, Georgetown University
    • Master of Government Administration, University of Pennsylvania
    • BA in Business, University of Pennsylvania
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