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Carson Bruno

Adjunct Faculty
School of Public Policy


Carson Bruno is senior director of training and programs at Coro Southern California and an adjunct faculty member specializing in California policy solutions. Selected for the inaugural Coro Lead LA Fellowship Program, he has been identified as a Southern California innovator, change-maker, and thought leader. As a former research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Bruno primarily studied California public policy, electoral politics, and public opinion. He has written and spoken extensively on California's economic recovery, the economic and policy importance of Silicon Valley, California's housing affordability crisis, the impact of public opinion on Sacramento policymaking, the effects of California's one-party rule, and California's drought and water system, energy portfolio, and climate change actions. Moreover, Bruno has explored pension, tax, and government reforms, how best to alleviate poverty in California, transportation issues, and California's electoral scene.

Bruno examined domestic economic policy, tax policy, and the intersection of energy and environmental policy. His central interest is in developing market-efficient and effective policies that complement California public opinion and spur economic growth, advance personal liberty, and improve economic mobility within the state. Bruno's examination of national policy largely focused on its effect on state policy-making decisions.

While a research fellow, Bruno was co-editor of Eureka, the Hoover Institution's bi-monthly web periodical that discusses the policy, political, and economic issues confronting California and was a member of the Golden State Poll development team. Bruno has been a regular column contributor on RealClearMarkets and has been featured in the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, CalMatters, Washington Examiner, OC Register, and Fox News. Bruno was also a regular guest on the John Batchelor Show and the Commonwealth Club of California's Week to Week Political Roundtable.

Before joining the School of Public Policy, Bruno structured tax-exempt and taxable municipal bond issuances as a public finance investment banker, which gave him an in-depth look at state and local fiscal policy decisions.


  • MPP, Economics and American Politics, the School of Public Policy
  • BS, Accounting and Business Management, with Special Attainments in Commerce, Washington and Lee University


  • California Electoral Politics
  • California Policy
  • California Public Opinion