Bill Fulton
  • Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Research Oversight Committee, Urban Data Platform
  • Publisher, Urban Edge Blog

William Fulton is the director of Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. He is a former mayor of Ventura, California, and director of planning & economic development for the city of San Diego. Since arriving at the Kinder Institute in 2014, Fulton has overseen a tripling of the institute’s size and budget. He is the author of seven books, including Guide to California Planning, the standard urban planning textbook in California, The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles, which was an L.A. Times best-seller, and Talk City: A Chronicle Of Political Life In An All-American Town. His most recent book is The Texas Triangle: An Emerging Power in the Global Economy (with Henry Cisneros and others). His book Place and Prosperity: How Cities Help Us Connect And Innovate will be published in 2022 by Island Press. He currently serves as board chair for Metro Lab Network, a national network of research partnerships between cities and universities, and vice chair of LINK Houston, a transportation equity advocacy group. Fulton holds master’s degrees in mass communication from The American University and urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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