Brian Kelsey is Principal and Founder at Civic Analytics LLC, an economic research and planning firm in Austin. Prior to founding Civic Analytics, Brian was a senior policy advisor at the Economic Development Administration (EDA), where he engineered a $37 million grant program across 16 federal agencies to drive regional innovation and job growth. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the “Jobs Accelerator” team at EDA the Gold Medal, its highest honorary recognition, for creating an “unprecedented platform for coordinating Federal economic development efforts.” Brian has also served as Director of Economic Development at the Capital Area Council of Governments and as Research Director at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board in Santa Rosa, California. Brian is co-author of Measuring Regional Innovation, published by the Council on Competitiveness, and a frequent contributor to stories about Austin’s economy in the Austin American-Statesman. Brian earned a master’s degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in economics and history from UNC-Chapel Hill.