Victor Rubin, Vice President for Research, leads, designs, and conducts knowledge-building activities to create a strong research base for PolicyLink. An urban planner with broad experience in community development, education, and social policy, he guides the PolicyLink analyses of issues in infrastructure, economic growth, healthy communities, youth development, and other areas. Victor previously directed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of University Partnerships, and served as a director of community partnerships and adjunct associate professor of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Victor holds a bachelor's from the University of Chicago, and a master's in city planning and PhD in planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, a city whose virtues he has appreciated and on whose behalf he has volunteered for more than three decades.