Keisha Lance Bottoms, the former Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, is a visionary leader who has dedicated her life to bringing equitable outcomes to the forefront of government and commerce.
Keisha now serves as a political commentator for CNN, in addition to serving on the President's Export Council for the President of the United States, Joe Biden. Previously, she served as a Senior Advisor to President Biden for Public Engagement.
During her time as Mayor of Atlanta (2018-2022) she led the city's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and served as a beacon of leadership for racial justice. As mayor, her notable accomplishments included: establishing Atlanta’s first fully-staffed Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; appointments of an LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator and a Human Trafficking Fellow; the citywide elimination of cash bail bond; and the rollout of the most far-reaching financial transparency platform in the City’s history – Atlanta’s Open Checkbook.
Tracing her family’s roots to a slave plantation in Georgia, it was Keisha’s highest honor to be named the 2020 Georgian of the Year by Georgia Trend Magazine. She also was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year and was named a member of Ebony Magazine’s prestigious Power 100 List. She has also been honored as a BET 100 Entertainer and Innovator of the Year and was named the Smart Cities Dive’s 2020 Leader of the Year. Keisha was also the recipient of the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award presented by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.
Keisha is the daughter of R&B icon Major Lance and Sylvia Robinson. She and her husband Derek are parents to four children
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