Disruptive Forces Changing Cities

Date(s) - 09/15/17
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Disruptive Forces Changing Cities

Chicago Council

Amy Liu, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution. In conversation with Niamh King, Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content.

Cities are increasingly driving the global economy. Yet there are numerous disruptive forces that threaten to deepen inequality and economic exclusion unless cities adapt and evolve. The choices that municipal leaders make today to give the workforce access to skills, foster innovation and entrepreneurship, and deepen regional connections will have long-term implications for their cities’ economic development. How can cities achieve broader, more inclusive economic development in the face of large scale changes in urbanization, globalization, technology, and demographics? What local solutions can be found to address these global forces of disruption?



Amy Liu

Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Amy Liu is vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground. As director of Brookings Metro, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Prior to her work at Brookings, Liu was Special Assistant to HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and staffed the U.S. Senate Banking Committee’s subcommittee on housing and urban affairs. Liu holds a degree in social policy and urban studies from Northwestern University. In 2015, she completed the High Impact Leadership Program at Columbia Business School.


Niamh King


Niamh King

Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content

Niamh King is the vice president for programs and strategic content at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where she has worked since March 2007. Prior to joining the Council on Global Affairs, she held positions with Intel, the European Commission, FÁS, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She is a member of the board of directors of the America Ireland Fund Chicago Regional Advisory Board, the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago, the Chicago Project on Security & Terrorism, and the Japan America Society of Chicago. King earned a BA in international relations and history from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MA in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University in The Hague, Netherlands.