Amy Liu is the Deputy Director and co-founder of The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. The program provides decision makers with cutting-edge research and policy ideas for improving the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitan areas, and ensuring such prosperity is shared by all residents. Liu oversees the research, policy, and communications programs of the program.
Liu is a coauthor “Moving Beyond Sprawl: Toward a Broader Metropolitan Agenda” which appeared in The Brookings Review. She was the lead author of A Region Divided: The State of Growth in Greater Washington, D.C. She has also been a frequent speaker and commentator on the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and southern Louisiana post-Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Her publications on the post-disaster rebuilding including “Building a Better New Orleans: A Review and Plan for Progress One Year After Katrina,” “The Katrina Index: Tracking Variables of Post-Katrina Recovery,” and “Housing Families Displaced by Katrina: A Review of the Federal Response to Date.”
Prior to joining the Brookings Institution, Liu was special assistant to Secretary Henry Cisneros at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she served as the principal aide on a number of public housing and other reform efforts. She has also worked for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago. Liu currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Alexandria Community Trust, a community foundation in Northern Virginia.