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A National Think Tank Based in Houston
The center is a stand-alone think tank, based in Houston. Headquartering this effort in Houston reflects the region’s emergence as arguably the primary exemplar of this new urban model. But this is not a Houston-centric think tank; its view and reach is national. It is directed both by its board and its executive director, who will remain based in Southern California, with input from fellows and a board of advisors. The Center is run primarily by Joel Kotkin, with assistance of a part-time office manager and later additions in public/media relations, fund raising, and lobbying. Our team consists of several noted experts in the field of urban growth, including our first fellows, Wendell Cox, Tory Gattis and Anne Snyder.
The board is made up primarily of business people. Leo Linbeck III, who is both a businessman, formerly a faculty member at Rice University and currently a faculty member at Stanford University, serves as our Chairman.
Board of Directors
Leo Linbeck III, Chairman
Tom Lile, Vice Chairman
Joel Kotkin, Executive Director
Checks may be made payable to The Center for Opportunity Urbanism. Contributions are fully deductible as a charitable contribution under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Center for Opportunity Urbanism is sponsored by the Competitive Governance Institute, which is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a section 501(c)(3) organization.