September 25, 2006
Bruce Katz '85 Receives Heinz Award for Public Policy
Bruce Katz '85, founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, was named a winner of the 12th Annual Heinz Award for Public Policy. He is among five distinguished Americans selected to receive one of the $250,000 awards, presented in five categories by the Heinz Family Foundation.
The Heinz Foundation called Katz, "An innovative leader in the field of progressive urban policy whose insights and impassioned voice are helping reshape and revitalize many of our nation’s cities and suburbs."
After graduating from Yale Law School and serving as an associate at a Washington, D.C., law firm where he specialized in housing and urban development, Katz took a more active role in shaping public policy from inside the government. He served as counsel and eventually staff director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs and later, as the chief of staff and senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While working in Congress and at HUD, Katz helped create and then implement the HOPE VI program, which has catalyzed the revitalization of dozens of inner-city neighborhoods through the demolition and redevelopment of some of the nation’s most distressed public housing.
Katz went to the Brookings Institution in 1996 where he founded the Metropolitan Policy Program (MPP), formerly the Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy. The MPP provides decision makers with cutting-edge research and policy analysis on the shifting realities of cities and metropolitan areas. The program's mission is to promote innovative solutions to help communities grow in more inclusive, competitive, and sustainable ways.
“Perhaps better than anyone, Bruce Katz understands the importance of thriving urban centers in America,” said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation. “Through [Katz's] visionary leadership, the urban landscape is being transformed in communities across the country. It is a hopeful sign for America that we are now seeing successful examples of revitalized cities, both financially viable and culturally dynamic, that will inspire future generations to remain in urban places and preserve green spaces.”
Katz will receive the award in a private ceremony to be held in October.