Bruce Katz

Bruce Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. He regularly advises public, private and civic leaders on policy reforms and strategic investments that advance the competitiveness of cities and metropolitan areas. Katz co-led the housing and urban transition team for the Obama Administration and previously served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Clinton. He is the co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution, published in 2013 by the Brookings Press. Read Bruce's blog on the future of the Sheffield-Rotherham Innovation District.


Kelly Kline 

As the Economic Development Director of City of Fremont, California, Kelly Kline serves as a liaison to the business community and focuses on creating a strong and diverse local economy. She has worked in municipal government for the last 20 years, dedicating much of her career to downtown revitalisation, retail recruitment, corporate retention, and small business development.

Prior to joining Fremont, she was the Economic Development and Redevelopment Manager for the City of Cupertino, and Downtown Manager for the San Jose Redevelopment Agency. Kelly’s work has emphasised public-private partnerships, and to that end, she is an active participant in several Real Estate organisations, including the International Council of Shopping Centers. Kelly is a past chair of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, a regional collaboration to promote Silicon Valley as a dynamic place for business.

Kelly has a B.S. in Journalism and Political Science, and a Masters of Public Administration from San Jose State University. She is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government programme at Harvard’s Kennedy School. 


International Commissioners join Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Council, Sheffield University and advanced manufacturing industry leaders to drive forward the UK's first Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.