Arthur formerly led the Public Sector Innovation work at Living Cities, which includes the City Accelerator and the Project on Municipal Innovation. He is a frequent public speaker on budget and policy topics. He is now leads a team of researchers at the Congressional Research Service

Arthur joined Living Cities as Director of Public Sector Innovation in December 2010.

He previously worked for ten years on the staff of the Budget Committee in the House of Representatives. He was a Budget Analyst for areas including education, social services, job training and employment services, and housing credit programs. He then served for six years as Deputy Staff Director, working closely with Members of Congress to develop policy on a broad range of legislative issues.

Before working at the Budget Committee, he served as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the East Bay campus of California State University, teaching Urban Politics and serving as a Research Associate at the Human Investment Research and Education (HIRE) Center. He is a frequent public speaker on budget and policy topics, and has also taught federal, state, and local budgeting at George Mason University’s Graduate School of Public Policy.

He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned his undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University. In 2000-2001, he was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.