Amy Liu
Published January 20, 2016
Updated October 1, 2021

Amy Liu is vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program and the Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy at the Brookings Institution. She is an expert on cities and metropolitan areas.

Liu writes frequently about inclusive economic growth, the fortunes of mid-sized cities and small towns, and the intersection of economic, workforce and community development policies. As director of the Metro Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she worked directly with public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City and Phoenix.

An Asian American Woman with shoulder length, black, straight hair stares directly at the camera, smiling. She is wearing a red lipstick, pearl earrings, a pearl necklace and a white and red blouse with a black blazer over it.

Pronouns: She/her

Expertise: Economic development, state and metropolitan policies, social equity, urban centers, workforce development, small towns

Location: Washington, D.C.

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Twitter: @amy_liuw

Heard on the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast: Amy Liu Discusses New Orleans’ Resilience 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

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