Alan Berube

Senior Fellow and Research Director
Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program

Alan Berube is senior fellow and research director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. His areas of expertise include metropolitan demographic and economic trends, and social policies affecting low-income families and communities. Berube also conducts research on the role and functions of U.S. metropolitan areas in a globalizing economy, poverty in neighborhoods and suburbs, and educational and skills of metropolitan workers. He has authored dozens of Brookings publications, including State of Metropolitan America: On the Front Lines of Demographic Transformation and recent editions of the Global MetroMonitor, which tracks the economic performance of the world’s 200 largest metro economies. He served as co-author of The Enduring Challenge of Concentrated Poverty in America (a joint Federal Reserve/Brookings 2008 report) and the The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s. Prior to joining Brookings in February 2001, Berube was a policy advisor in the Office of Community Development Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department and a researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University. 

As a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Berube served as the keynote speaker at a Community Development Policy Briefing on the suburbanization of poverty and presented to the Community Development department his current research on concentrated poverty, suburban poverty, and the disconnect between public transit and jobs. He also offered strategic guidance to the research team about their initiatives on place-based investments, social metrics, and human capital.