David Rusk

David Rusk is the immediate past president and the founding president of the Building One America.

The Congressional Quarterly has called David Rusk’s Cities without Suburbs “the Bible of the regionalism movement.” “A must read for all practicing local government officials, elected or appointed,” said the Government Finance Review of Rusk’s Inside Game/Outside Game.

Rusk combines strong analytical skills with practical political experience.  He is a former federal Labor Department official, New Mexico legislator, and mayor of Albuquerque, the USA’s 32nd largest city.

Now a consultant on urban policy, Rusk has worked in over 120 US communities. Abroad, Rusk has lectured on urban problems in Canada, England, Germany, South Africa, and The Netherlands.

He is president of the Metropolitan Area Research Corporation and national strategic partner of the Building One America movement.   As a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC this summer, he prepared a fourth edition of Cities without Suburbs (winter 2012-13) 

Since 1991, he and his wife, the former Delcia Bence of Buenos Aires, Argentina, have lived in Washington, DC.