Dr. Mark Lutter is Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovative Governance Research, a think tank dedicated to researching charter cities, special economic zones, and other forms of political decentralization. Prior to launching the Center for Innovative Governance Research, he was Lead Economist for NeWAY Capital, an asset management firm which made early stage investments in charter cities. During graduate school, he consulted on several new city projects and special economic zones. He has a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University where his research focused on charter cities. He has been published in several newspapers and magazines including CityAM, the Daily Caller, and Cato Unbound. His writing has been translated into three languages.