Mark Muro, a fellow and the director of policy at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, manages the program's public policy analysis and leads key policy research projects. Mark’s most recent publications include: The New "Cluster Moment": How Regional Innovation Cluster Can Foster the Next Economy and the forthcoming brief Metropolitan Business Plans: A New Approach to Economic Growth, co-authored with Robert Weissbourd. Previous to those releases Muro published: Fiscal Challenges Facing Cities: Implications for Recovery, Implementing ARRA: Innovations in Design in Metropolitan America, Metro Potential in ARRA: An Early Assessment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and MetroPolicy: Shaping a New Federal Partnership for a Metropolitan Nation. Mark was also a co-author with Rob Lang of the 2008 Brookings report, Mountain Megas: America’s Newest Metropolitan Places and a Federal Partnership to Help Them Prosper. Each of these represents a key element of the metro program’s Blueprint for American Prosperity initiative, the policy series and policy development of which Mark has led. Mark is also the author of such recent publications as Reconnecting Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities: Lessons Learned and an Agenda for Renewal; Charting Maine’s Future: An Action Plan for Promoting Sustainable Prosperity and a Sustainable Future; and Back to Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Brookings, Mark was a senior policy analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. He has also been a staff writer for The Boston Globe and an editorial writer for The Arizona Daily Star. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mark is also a member of the Citistates Group, a network of journalists, speakers and civic leaders focused on building competitive, equitable and sustainable 21st century metropolitan regions.