Keisha Lance Bottom

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Key Assets:

  • Developed a financial transparency initiative that established Atlanta residents’ confidence in the city’s executive leadership following a financial scandal connect to the previous administration
  • Prioritized equity, inclusion and ending human trafficking by creating a taskforce and hiring staff dedicated to these goals
  • Advanced criminal justice reform by ending cash bail bonds and preventing ICE from housing immigrant detainees at the city’s detention centers. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is committed to realizing her vision of an affordable, resilient and equitable Atlanta that stands as a model city for commerce and compassion. A lifelong public servant, Bottoms is the only mayor in the city’s history who has served in all three branches of government, presiding as a judge, city council member and now holding elected executive office as mayor. 

Bottoms pushesher agenda for equity and affordable housing beyond Atlanta through her roles as chair of both the Community Development and Housing Committee and the Census Task Force for the United States Conference of Mayors. As mayor, her accomplishments include establishing Atlanta’s first fully-staffed Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; the appointments of an LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator and a Human Trafficking Fellow; the citywide elimination of cash bail bond; the closure of the Atlanta City Detention Center to ICE detainees; and the rollout of Open Checkbook, a financial transparency platform that allows residents to track city expenditures, which was implemented following a financial scandal during the previous city administration.

Bottoms received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University and her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Jack and Jill of America, The Links, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.