Rhett Morris is a nonresident fellow at Brookings Metro. Morris is an expert at helping communities use data science to develop new strategies to overcome complex problems. His research focuses on reducing poverty without displacement, enhancing public safety and health outcomes, improving education, and supporting small businesses.
Morris is also a founding partner at Common Good Labs, a research organization that designs actionable solutions to improve communities. Common Good Labs uses data science tools — including geospatial modeling, machine learning algorithms, and network analyses — to empower leaders at foundations, non-profit organizations, and government.
He has experience leading data science research projects for large organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank, and he is a senior fellow at the Center for American Entrepreneurship. Morris previously worked as a consultant at Bain & Company and as the confidential assistant to the mayor of Baton Rouge.
He graduated with a B.A. in history from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.