William Fulton is a senior advisor for PFM Group Consulting LLC. His role includes advising public sector leaders on economic development and community development policies, programs, and projects. He works with team members on client engagements at the intersection of economics, fiscal policy, and budgets.
Fulton is a former mayor of Ventura, California, and a former director of planning and economic development for the City of San Diego. Prior to joining PFM Group Consulting LLC, he served as Director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute of Urban Research for eight years.
He has published six books, including: Guide to California Planning, The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles, Talk City: A Chronicle of Political Life in An All-American Town, and The Texas Triangle: An Emerging Power in the Global Economy (with Henry Cisneros and others).
In addition to his role at PFM Group Consulting LLC, Fulton is a Fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley and teaches at both the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and Texas A&M College of Architecture. He currently serves as board chair for Metro Lab Network, a national network of research partnerships between cities and universities, as well as vice chair of LINK Houston, a transportation equity advocacy group.
He holds master’s degrees in mass communication from The American University and urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.