Matthew Glasser



Matthew D. Glasser has more than twenty years of experience in international development law and finance. With a background as a City Attorney and registered lobbyist for Colorado municipalities, he is an authority on the legal framework within which cities operate, including the powers and functions of cities, and municipal finances.

He retired from the World Bank in December of 2014. His last position at the Bank was as Lead Urban Specialist in the Legal Vice Presidency. He also served in that capacity in the Bank’s Africa and South Asia regions, focusing on local government and urban finance issues in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Swaziland, the Philippines, and India. Working with the Bank’s internal Knowledge and Learning Council and its external Knowledge Advisory Board, he also helped develop systems for governance and measurement of the Bank’s knowledge services.

Prior to joining the World Bank in 2003, Mr. Glasser worked with the South African National Treasury for four years, where he led a successful program to revive municipal credit markets; developing legal and regulatory frameworks for municipal borrowing and for managing financial distress in municipalities. He also helped develop a new Property Rates Act, which replaced a patchwork of provincial legislation dating from the apartheid era.

From 1992 through 2000, Mr. Glasser managed USAID-funded development programs, working with national and local governments in Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine. He also taught courses on a variety of local government finance issues, and presented these in Central Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. In 1992 and 1993 he served as a resident advisor to the Government of Ukraine, providing policy support to national and local government.





Degrees & Universities

  • M.B.A., University of Colorado Denver 1989
  • J.D., Cornell University Law School 1977
  • B.A., University of Colorado 1974 (cum laude)

  • Selected Publications

    • Matthew Glasser & Stephen Berrisford, Urban Law: A Key to Accountable Urban Government and Effective Urban Service Delivery, 6 The World Bank Leg. Rev. (Jan. 2015).
    • + More Publications...

    • Matthew Glasser, Land Use Law and the City: Toward Inclusive Planning, 5 The World Bank Leg. Rev. (Nov. 2013).
    • Matthew Glasser, Sub-Saharan Africa Chapters, in The South Africa Urban Agenda: Municipal Infrastructure Finance Agenda (Mila Freie & John Petersen, eds., World Bank & Oxford U. Press 2004).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • Matthew Glasser, Presentation, International development in the 21st Century (Annual Cyrus Mehri Public Interest Lecture, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, N.Y., Jan. 2012).