Ronald D. Utt, Ph.D.

Adjunct staff


Ronald Utt is Senior Research Fellow for the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation where he conducts research on housing, transportation, federal budgetary matters and privatization issues.

He is the founder and president of Potomac Renovations, Ltd., a northern Virginia real estate and residential renovation firm.

Prior to forming the firm, Dr. Utt served as managing director for Novecon Ltd., a Washington D.C.-based company focusing on trade and business development with East Europe and the former Soviet Union.

In that capacity, he served as the exclusive L.A. Gear distributor for Bulgaria, Romania, and Macedonia. He also has served as an economic and privatization consultant to government officials in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Lithuanian, Estonia, and Slovakia.

Dr. Utt served as the Executive Vice President of the National Chamber Foundation, the research and education division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

There, he created and edited the Journal of Economic Growth, a scholarly publication focusing on free market solutions to economic development and the Journal of Regulation and Social Costs, which investigated the economic costs of government's social regulations.

Utt previously served as John M. Olin Fellow in Political Economy for Heritage, and also in the Reagan administration as the associate director for Privatization at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Dr. Utt's areas of expertise include: budget, housing policy, urban renewal, privatization, transportation,


A Guide to Smart Growth: Shattering Myths, Providing Solutions
Edited By Jane S. Shaw and Ronald D. Utt
Preface by The Honorable Malcolm Wallop