White House Clean Energy Panelist

Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Director for General Government Programs, Associate Director of the office of Management and Budget (OMB)

White House Clean Energy Panelist Xavier De Souza BriggsXavier de Souza Briggs is Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning (on leave) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A former community planner, Dr. Briggs’ award-winning research is about democracy, inequality, and racial and ethnic diversity in cities and metropolitan regions. He is the editor of The Geography of Opportunity (Brookings, 2005) and author of Democracy as Problem-Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe (MIT Press, 2008). It examines efforts to lead change on unsustainable urban growth, regional economic restructuring, and the healthy development of the next generation, drawing on cases in the U.S., Brazil, South Africa, and India. His latest book is Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty (Oxford, 2010), with co-authors Susan Popkin and John Goering. Briggs is founder and director of two innovative online resources: The Community Problem-Solving Project @ MIT and Working Smarter in Community Development.

A former faculty member in public policy at Harvard, he has designed and led major leadership development, strategy, and other training programs for change agents in the public, private, and nonprofit/nongovernmental sectors. A frequent speaker on innovation and urban and metropolitan policy, he has also consulted on strategy to leading national and international organizations, such as The Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and The World Bank, and been an expert witness in civil rights litigation. In the public sector, he ran the Clinton Administration’s urban policy research and development unit at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the late 1990s. He is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change and other advisory groups, and his views have appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, National Public Radio, and other major media. Briggs holds an engineering degree from Stanford, an MPA from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in sociology and education from Columbia University.


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