Joel Kotkin consults with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute on demographics. Described by the New York Times as “America’s uber-geographer,” Kotkin is an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, California and Executive Director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism. He is Executive Editor of the widely read website and writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for His most recent book is “THE HUMAN CITY: Urbanism for the Rest of Us.”