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Amy Liu

Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

A. Liu photoAmy Liu is vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. A national expert on cities and metropolitan areas, Liu is adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground.

As director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity.

Liu also directs the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase, which aims
to help leaders in U.S. metropolitan areas reorient their economies toward greater engagement in world

Liu has extensive experience working with states and the federal government to develop policies and strategies to support cities and metropolitan areas. She is the co-author of “Delivering the Next Economy: The States Step Up,” which outlines a model for states to support bottom-up regional innovation.

Putting this model into practice, Liu worked with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to develop the New York Regional Economic Development Councils process, a pioneering model for regionalizing state economic development and incentivizing bottom-up innovation. Liu has served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation and data.