"David Rusk is the hottest urban expert in the nation today," the Baltimore Sun commented in reviewing Baltimore Unbound. The American Planning Association called Ruskís first book, Cities without Suburbs, "must reading." Cities without Suburbs, the Congressional Quarterly wrote, "has virtually become the Bible of the regionalism movement." Commissioned by The Century Foundation, a third book, Inside Game/Outside Game, was published by the Brookings Institution Press in March 1999.

Rusk combines strong analytical skills with practical political experience. He is a former federal official, New Mexico legislator (1975-77) and mayor of Albuquerque (1977-81), the USAís 36th largest city.

Rusk is now an independent consultant on urban and suburban policy. Since 1993 he has spoken and consulted in over ninety US communities. He has testified before legislative bodies in Connecticut, Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Abroad, Rusk has lectured on urban problems in Berlin, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt, Germany; Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Delft in The Netherlands, and Toronto and Victoria in Canada. In October 1997 he served as an advisor to the government of South Africa on metropolitan governance in Johannesburg, Capetown, and Durban.

Rusk attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the outstanding undergraduate student in economics (1962). From 1963-68 he was a full-time civil rights and anti-poverty worker with the Washington Urban League. He then entered the U.S. Department of Labor, serving as the Manpower Administrationís legislative and program development director. In 1971 he and his wife, the former Delcia Bence of Buenos Aires, Argentina, moved to Albuquerque, where they raised their three children. They now live in Washington, DC.