Brian Kelsey is Principal and Founder at Civic Analytics LLC and a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches economic development and serves as a fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Previously, Kelsey was a senior advisor at the U.S. Economic Development Administration, where he engineered a $37 million grant program highlighted by the Center for American Progress as a compelling answer to the issue of unemployment and was awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Federal Service for creating an “unprecedented platform for coordinating Federal economic development efforts.” Prior to working in Washington, DC, Kelsey served for five years as the Director of Community and Economic Development at the Capital Area Council of Governments in Austin, Texas.
Kelsey is co-author of Measuring Regional Innovation with Randall Kempner and a frequent contributor to stories about Austin’s economy in the Austin American-Statesman.
In addition to teaching and consulting, Kelsey serves as Director of Economic Development for the National Association of Development Organizations in Washington, DC.
Civic Analytics LLC is an economic research and consulting firm based in Austin, TX. Clients are predominantly economic development organizations, local governments, and trade associations.
Clients have included: