Pete Carlson

President, Regional Growth Strategies

Pete Carlson has spent the past two decades designing and implementing strategies that promote economic growth and shared prosperity. In addition to his work on the ground in regions across the country, he has done in-depth studies of over two-dozen regions, exploring what's working and what's getting in the way of growing good jobs, with a particular focus on what kind of partnership structures they are putting in place, where the leadership is coming from, and what's being done to develop a skilled workforce and revitalize low-income communities as part of that process.

Recently, Pete conducted an assessment of the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, in which Brookings partnered with 22 metropolitan experimenting with new approaches to expanding growth and opportunity, capturing key lessons from this five-year initiative. Prior to that, he managed a national action-learning network of regional leaders experimenting with innovative approaches to inclusive growth as part of the Regional Prosperity Project. In addition, he has organized and conducted three national roundtables of regional leaders and experts doing work in this area, in partnership with the Brookings Institution and the Council on Competitiveness.

Earlier in his career, Pete served as an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Labor on strategies to promote skill-based economic growth. As the director of the National Advisory Commission on Work-Based Learning, comprised of business, education and labor leaders, he organized forums of leading experts and practitioners to identify what was working and what was getting in the way of improving the skills of the American workforce and spreading the adoption of high-performance work practices.