Crafting Urban Policy for

Life Quality

 
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Management consulting with

Skin in the Game

Urban policies are the codes by which we govern and develop our city. I specialize in the best practices for these codes—urban policies that enrich community, stimulate business, and invigorate pride of place.

Birmingham is my home, and my roots stretch across Central Alabama. I built Urban Analysis to invest my professional energy—in addition to my civic energy—into building up this city and into uniting this region by supporting our public, civic, and academic leaders with expertise and execution.

America is looking for a model of inclusive growth. We should aspire to that model—The Magic City! We have everything we need to become America’s model for smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth. If we work together, we can become a global force for Human Rights and Public Health. Missions like these can be achieved when community leaders join forces to tailor best practices to the needs, and around the strengths, of our people.

I work to leave a legacy. Let's explore how I can build yours.


Christopher Tyler Burks , Founding Principal

Christopher Tyler Burks, Founding Principal


Let's work together

 
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Testimonials

Chris increased the project capacity of my team by coordinating over $3 million in intergovernmental funds and accelerating our push to build a multimodal campus network. A trusted self-starter, Chris also developed university policies and maps that will promote placemaking and public art. I’d recommend him to any team in need of a strategic urbanist and creative problem solver.
— James Fowler, Director of Transportation at the City of Birmingham; Director of Planning, Design, & Construction at UAB at time of writing
Chris assisted in the development of our Complete Streets ordinance. His research on walkable, mixed-use urban planning is insightful and motivating. It’s nice to have him back in Birmingham.
— Tim Gambrel, Principal Planner at City of Birmingham
I chaired Chris’s MPA thesis committee, and I have taught him quantitative research methods, data management, and public budgeting—subjects in which he excelled. His interdisciplinary focus on urban policy recommends him to any researcher who wants to make an impact on the public sector. I look forward to publishing with him!
— Dr. Peter A. Jones, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at UAB
As President, you rely on a well organized and forward-thinking Chief of Staff. Chris surpassed my expectations. He served me and the Graduate Student Government well with a keen eye for policy and organizational development. We all benefited from his vision, training, and advocacy.
— Garrett Stephens, Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Doug Jones
I direct the UAB MPA Alumni Mentor Program, an initiative envisioned and developed by Chris in partnership with the Alumni Society and the Department of Public Administration. We connect the experiential wealth of UAB’s alumni network with the career needs of our students. This program exemplifies Chris’s ability to both strategize and capitalize. He has been a thoughtful partner to me and a talented asset for UAB; I’d recommend him to any organization.
— Danya H. Segrest, Corporate Development & Special Events Director at UAB


 

MY PROMISE

Improving our quality of life is my aim and my guide.

I give my clients expertise for decision making and a leg-up in implementation.

I will expedite your goals.

 

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About Me

MY NAME IS Christopher Tyler Burks

Doctoral student at American University studying metropolitan policy. Founder of Urban Analysis, a management consulting firm for changemaking through policy, planning, and politics. I support our public, civic, and academic leaders in their charge to develop smart, sustainable, and inclusive cities.

Social scientist, policy analyst, urban planner, and community leader. Experience advancing the common good in government administrations (federal, regional, and municipal), nonprofit organizations (educational, environmental, and community-economic development missions), and institutions of higher education.

I love cities and imbibing their culture. I have explored the design and land use of 116 metropolises in 21 countries and territories on 5 continents—people and places at all levels of economic development. Transportation systems have been a focal point in my case studies; cities live and die by the capacity, accessibility, and diversity of their mobility assets.

I spark engaging communication and research application. Skilled in public speaking and writing for decision makers with data visualization, geographic analysis, and strategic planning.

Board member and mentor for the UAB MPA Alumni Society—always looking for ways to improve our program and support our students. I also serve on the Board of Trustees for the Awesome Foundation - Birmingham awarding $1,000 monthly mini-grants. Apply today with ideas for how to make our city and community more awesome!

I want to grow Birmingham's public wealth and build up our public institutions so that we can better meet the people's needs and promote the common good.