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Xavier Briggs


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Xavier (Xav) de Souza Briggs is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and, for 2021-2022, a visiting fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He is an expert on economic opportunity and inclusive growth, racial equity and pluralism, housing, urban and regional development, budgeting and democratic governance in the U.S. and abroad. An award-winning educator and researcher, he is also an experienced manager in philanthropy and government. Xav edited The Geography of Opportunity: Race and Housing Choice in America, which won planning’s top book award, asnd authored Democracy as Problem Solving, a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Prize for best scholarly book on a social problem, and Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty, winner of NAPA’s Louis Brownlow Award. In 2020, he was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business, Public Service and Sociology at New York University and a volunteer on the Biden-Harris Transition Team. Prior to joining Brookings, he served for six years as vice president of The Ford Foundation, a professor at MIT and Harvard, and program associate director in the White House Office of Management and Budget. He serves on the boards of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Demos, the Global Impact Investing Network, JUST Capital, and One Fair Wage. Xav holds an engineering degree from Stanford, an MPA from Harvard, and a PhD from Columbia University.

History of Employment

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Service, Business and Sociology
Wagner School of Public Service
New York University
Vice President
Inclusive Economies & Markets
Ford Foundation
Professor of Sociology and Planning
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Associate Director
General Government Programs
Office of Management and Budget, The White House
Associate Department Head
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Assistant to Associate Professor
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
MLK Visiting Professor
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Acting Assistant Secretary
Office of Policy Development & Research
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
School of Management and Urban Policy
New School for Social Research
Senior Advisor
Freedman Consulting, LLC
Senior Fellow
Brookings Metro
Brookings Institution
Visiting Fellow, SNF Agora Institute
The Johns Hopkins University
Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution
Primary Policy Areas

Civic Engagement, Economy, Environment/Natural Resources, Housing, Infrastructure, International Aid and Development, Labor/Workforce Training and RecruitmentLabor, Nonprofit/Philanthropy, Poverty, Small Business, Social Equity, Transportation, Urban Affairs

Primary Functions

Academic Faculty, Academic Research, Advocacy, Budgeting and Finance, Data Analytics, Organizational Structure/Design/Development, Strategic Planning

Management Matters Podcast

Grand Challenge: Connect Individuals to Meaningful Work

A More Equitable Economic Recovery with Xavier Briggs

Season: 1 Episode:39 | February 01, 2021

Show Notes:

In this episode, we welcome Xavier Briggs, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and Academy Fellow to discuss the challenges of integrating economic programs to promote recovery.

With Academy Fellow, Xavier Briggs, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

Topics Include:

  • His varied approaches to public service
  • The critical role of intergovernmental relations in our country's system
  • The complexity of integrating healthcare and racial and social justice across major stovepipes
  • Practical steps in the next stimulus bill that could give these best practices legislative legs
  • Emphasizing underinvested areas in an economic recovery including different types of infrastructure, stormwater management, energy infrastructure, broadband, electric transportation
  • Forming compromises during a time of political divide
  • Areas of opportunity for the Biden Administration

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