Joshua Yates is President and CEO of the Thriving Cities Group. Thriving Cities was founded out of research performed at the University of Virginia, where Josh continues to serve as Research Assistant Professor of Sociology. At the University of Virginia, he also serves as Director of the Program on Culture, Capitalism, and Global Change and the Thriving Cities Project at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Josh holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sociology from the University of Virginia. Josh has written and lectured extensively on civic design.