Dr. Marc A. Weiss is Chairman and CEO of Global Urban Development (GUD), an international policy organization and professional network of 600 leaders and experts in 60 countries. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and International Professor of Economics and Business Management at Unisinos in Porto Alegre. He is a Steering Committee member of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign, UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership, Atlantic Council Urban World 2030 Project, and UN-Habitat Best Practices and Local Leadership Program. He is a Board member of the International Housing Coalition, an Advisory Council member of the UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative, a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Economics of Conservation, a Citiscope Senior Adviser, and Executive Editor of GUD Magazine.
He has been an adviser on innovative, sustainable, and inclusive economic, business, employment, and community development for cities, regions, and states in the US and throughout the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, India, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK, and Virgin Islands. Currently he is applying GUD’s Metropolitan Economic Strategy, Sustainable Innovation, and Inclusive Prosperity framework for the State of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, with major funding from the World Bank.
He previously served as: Public Policy Scholar and Editor of Global Outlook at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Coordinator of the 1998 Strategic Economic Development Plan for Washington, DC; Special Assistant to the Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Liaison to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in the Clinton Administration; Director of the Real Estate Development Research Center, Acting Director of the PhD Program in Urban Planning, and Associate Professor at Columbia University; and Deputy Director of the California Commission on Industrial Innovation.
He is the author or co-author of many books, articles, and reports, including a widely acclaimed book on urban development and planning, The Rise of the Community Builders, and a best-selling international textbook, Real Estate Development Principles and Process, published by the Urban Land Institute.
He earned an MCP and PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and a BA with Honors in Political Science from Stanford University, plus he attended the London School of Economics.