Public Sector Workforce 2030 Summit:
Planning for the Next Generation of State and Local Government Employees

Friday, September 27, 2019 – Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL


Brooks Rainwater

Senior Executive and Director, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities


Brooks Rainwater is the senior executive and director of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Center for City Solutions. Rainwater drives the organization’s research agenda, community engagement efforts, and leadership education programming to help city leaders create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment.

Rainwater’s research and interests include advancements in technology and city innovation, mobility and the digital economy, and how the rise of state preemption is impacting local authority. His expertise is a draw for media outlets, including the TODAY Show, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, and the New York Times. Rainwater also frequently contributes to publications such as Fast Company, CityLab, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Fortune.

Prior to joining NLC, Rainwater was Director of Public Policy for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). While there he developed the Local Leaders research series and spearheaded the Cities as a Lab initiative focused on the key role cities play as creative instigators of innovative practices.

Rainwater serves on numerous boards with current and past service to the STAR Communities Board, the American Library Association Public Policy Advisory Council, the International Advisory Board for the City of Rotterdam, and the Arlington County Environment and Energy Conservation Commission.