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Jennifer Bradley

Founding Director, Center for Urban Innovation , Aspen Institute

Jennifer Bradley is the founding director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute. The Center was created in 2015 to identify, connect, and support urban innovators – especially those working in or coming from underserved neighborhoods.

Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Jennifer spent seven years as a fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. While at Brookings, she co-authored The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013) with Bruce Katz. The book, which was widely praised and cited, explains the critical role of metropolitan areas in the country’s economy, society, and politics.

Jennifer has worked extensively on the challenges and opportunities of older industrial cities and has co-authored major economic turnaround strategies for Ohio and Michigan. She has also written for Newsweek, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, and Next American City.

A former attorney, Jennifer co-authored Supreme Court amicus briefs in cases that affirmed the constitutional powers of local governments and secured greater environmental protections, including the landmark case, Massachusetts v. EPA.

Jennifer has a J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, an MPhil from Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a B.A. from the University of Texas. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.