The Honorable Mayor Kasim Reed
Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Since then, he has hired more than 800 police officers and funded initiatives to reduce the city’s crime rate by 18 percent, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers as safe havens for young people and improved core city services such as fire-rescue response times. Working with the Atlanta City Council and the city’s employee unions, he successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability. Mayor Reed began his term facing a $48 million budget shortfall; under his leadership, the city has had four years of balanced budgets with no property tax increases, and its cash reserves have grown from $7.4 million to more than $127 million.
Mayor Reed was named the 6th most influential African-American in the nation in 2012 by The Root, a publication of the Washington Post Company. Governing Magazine named Mayor Reed as one of the top state and local government officials of the year in 2011. Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times columnist and author of “That Used to Be Us,” called Reed “inspiring” and labeled him as “one of the best of this new breed of leaders.” In his book “We Can All Do Better,” former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley cited Reed’s straightforward approach in successfully reforming the city’s pension plan and wrote: “We need more of that kind of candor.”
Mayor Reed's leadership has been recognized on programs such as Meet the Press and he has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post and Black Enterprise. He has been a guest speaker and panelist at numerous conferences, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Chicago Ideas Week, New York Ideas, New Cities Summit, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America and the Gathering of Leaders.
Mayor Reed is Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Prior to his election, he served as a member of the Georgia General Assembly for 11 years. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1998 and served two terms. From 2002 to 2009, he served in the Georgia State Senate.
Mayor Reed is a former partner in the litigation practice of Holland and Knight LLP, an international law firm. He is a graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C., where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees and an honorary Doctor of Laws. Mayor Reed was appointed as Howard University's youngest General Trustee in June 2002 and remains a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees.
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