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Keisha Lance Bottoms is a CNN Political Commentator, based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she served as the 60th Mayor. A visionary leader in bringing equitable outcomes to the forefront of government and commerce, she is proof that “a dream deferred is never a dream denied” in her current position.
Keisha Lance Bottoms is a CNN Political Commentator, based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she served as the 60th Mayor. She is a visionary leader in bringing equitable outcomes to the forefront of government and commerce. Keisha became the first Mayor in Atlanta’s history to have served in all three branches of government, having previously served as a Judge and a City Council member. As Mayor, she committed herself to realizing her vision of “One Atlanta” – an affordable, resilient, and equitable Atlanta.
Sworn in on January 2, 2018, Keisha served as Mayor during one of the most challenging times in the history of Atlanta. In the midst of a global pandemic and a racial justice movement, Keisha became a leading spokesperson regarding the challenges and opportunities facing cities and leaders across America.
While navigating these unprecedented challenges, the Bottoms Administration was able to remain focused on the resilience of Atlanta, negotiating and closing the largest real estate transaction in the history of Atlanta, and one of the largest in the Southeast United States, delivering millions of dollars in community benefits to people across the city.
Keisha took proactive measures to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the City and its agencies. As a result, during one of the worst economic downturns the world has ever faced, the Bottoms Administration delivered four years of balanced budgets, without resorting to property tax increases, layoffs or furloughs of City employees. At the conclusion of her term, City’s reserves remained at a near high of $181M, far exceeding the requirements of the City Charter.
Shaped by a childhood and professional career that highlighted the inequalities amongst Americans, Keisha led her Administration in undertaking several major initiatives that would seek to eradicate systemic issues facing Atlanta, while creating a model for all cities to follow.
The major initiatives included:
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 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 in recognition of her equity-driven leadership to help guide and protect marginalized communities.
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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I’ve long admired Mrs Bottoms. I thought she was incredibly graceful polished and intentional. She said what she meant and stood by what she said. Her legacy is incomparable.
Congratulations, Soror Bottoms (DST)
It’s always nice to see someone in a position that looks like you, but it’s even more fulfilling when they incorporate change. She is filled with poise and grace. Keep soaring!!
Thank Mayor Bottoms for providing dignified servant leadership to all Atlantans!
She is an excellent example of Black Girl Magic. She is fabulous & still has more to do. Kudos.
Great article!! So many accomplishments for the City of Atlanta.
Thanks for the Awesome tribute. The Honorable Kiesha Lance Bottom is a true change maker. So proud to call her my beloved Soror, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Thank you for highlighting some of the many accomplishments Mayor Bottoms and her administration were able to achieve during a very stressful time in America. I am so very proud of her, personally and professionally, and elated to call her my Soror AND childhood friend. #Kudos