Robert E. Lang

American urban affairs professor

Robert E. Lang (1959-2021) was a fellow at the Brookings Mountain West think tank at UNLV, a professor at the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and the director of The Lincy Institute for public policy at UNLV.

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  • Rob saw Southern Nevada as a blank canvas where he could draw on his expertise to import best practices and lessons learned from around the country as he spearheaded public policy formation in our valley," … While his voice will be dearly missed as we face today’s enormous post-pandemic challenges, he left us a wonderful example of fearless advocacy and relentless courage to follow.
  • [He] forever transformed Southern Nevada. … Rob’s fingerprints are all over Las Vegas. His partnership with the Vegas Chamber spanned over a decade. Without Rob Lang, Las Vegas would not be where we are today.
  • He loved the fight. He had no fear whatsoever … Rob has always been interested in politics since I’ve known him, … He didn’t want to run for office or anything like that, but he wanted to be a strong policy player. And here, he thought he could have a bigger impact as far as influencing policy.
  • "Rob was a critical member of the Brookings community. He founded and helped build Brookings Mountain West into a highly respected program contributing to key policy impacts in the region. More importantly however, he was a treasured friend and colleague to so many within our institution. We deeply mourn his passing, and his family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers."