William Barnes

William Barnes, (governance)
PhD, Director, Emerging Issues, National League of Cities
Website: National League of Cities

Bill Barnes is director for “emerging issues” at National League of Cities (NLC). During more than 30 years at NLC, he served as assistant director of the urban observatory program, senior policy analyst, research director, and center director. In those roles, he established a research function and a “futures” process at NLC, and he led initiatives to improve cities in areas such as children and families; municipal finance; regional economies and global competition; poverty and economic equity; regional governance; and diversity, racism, and inclusion.

He is coauthor, with Larry C. Ledebur, of The New Regional Economies: the U.S. Common Market and the Global Economy (Sage, 1998). The book contributed to the growing understanding of the significance of regional scale in local and national economic and political life. He currently writes the popular “Emerging Issues” column for NLC’s “Nation’s Cities Weekly,” where he discusses a range of urban affairs topics. He has authored many NLC reports and articles, as well as reviews in scholarly and professional journals.

In addition to his membership with BRR, he serves as a member of the executive council of the “Urban Politics section” of the American Political Science Association and on the editorial board of Economic Development Quarterly. He served on the governing board of the Urban Affairs Association and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, State and Local Government Review, and The Public Historian.

He earned his Ph.D. in history from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a B.A. from Oberlin College.  He was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2005. He received the 2010 Donald Stone Award from the American Society for Public Administration (SIAM) for “significant continuous contributions to the field of intergovernmental management over a substantial period of time.”

Director, Emerging Issues
National League of Cities
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20004

Tel: (202) 626-3038
Fax: (202) 626-3043