A daughter of Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms strives to continue the city’s progress as a global business hub, while also building a city that stands as a national model for equity and inclusion. With a six-point focus on affordability, public health and safety, transportation, education, criminal justice reform, and economic and workforce development, Mayor Bottoms is committed to leading Atlanta to becoming a recognized leader in both commerce and compassion. Within her first 100 days, Mayor Bottoms implemented sweeping reforms that would improve lives and transform the trajectory of Atlanta’s future.
Only the second woman to be elected to Atlanta’s highest office, Mayor Bottoms was designated a “Woman to Watch in 2018” by Viacom’s BET Network. She has also been profiled by Atlanta Magazine, Ebony Magazine and Politico Magazine, where she was named “the most prominent black female executive in the South – and one of the few in the entire country.”
A lifelong public servant, Mayor Bottoms previously served as a lawyer, judge, city councilmember, and executive director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority, where she spearheaded the sale and $350 million planned redevelopment of Turner Field, formerly home to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves.
A product of the Atlanta Public School System, Mayor Bottoms graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University. She earned her juris doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law.
An active member of the community, Mayor Bottoms is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, the Dogwood City Chapter of The Links Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She has also served on the board of Families First, where she shares her personal story of adoption, and advocates on behalf of adoption and foster care.
Mayor Bottom resides in Southwest Atlanta with her husband, Derek W. Bottoms, their four children – Lance, Langston, Lennox and Lincoln, and their family dog, Logan.