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  • Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Research Oversight Committee, Urban Data Platform
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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. In his career, Fulton has also served as vice president for policy at Smart Growth America, principal in the California-based urban planning firm now known as PlaceWorks and senior fellow at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is the founding editor and publisher of California Planning & Development Report and author of five books, including Guide to California Planning, the standard urban planning textbook in California, and The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles, which was an L.A. Times best-seller. His most recent book is Talk City: A Chronicle Of Political Life In An All-American Town. 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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