Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed
First Lady of the City of Atlanta
Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed is the wife of the 59th and current Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed. The First Lady is a native of Atlanta (born in Crawford Long Hospital). Her late father, Senator Arthur Langford Jr. was a minister and a Georgia State Senator and at 23 years old was the youngest member ever elected to the Atlanta City Council. Her mother, an attorney and prominent community leader formerly served as the Atlanta City Attorney.
She graduated from high school in Atlanta from Pace Academy where she attended kindergarten through 12th grade. She then graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2000 with a degree in French and received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law. While in law school, she worked for United States Congressman John Lewis and later worked for the D.C. Office of General Counsel for five years and as an affordable housing developer for National Church Residences for ten years. The First Lady currently works for a national housing firm and consults with real estate developers and housing authorities on affordable housing projects. In February 2017, Governor Nathan Deal appointed her to the Georgia Board of Regents. As a member of the Board of Regents, she and fellow board members oversee the public colleges and universities that comprise the University System of Georgia and have oversight of the Georgia Archives and the Georgia Public Library System.
The First Lady is an advocate for the arts and has devoted her time to bringing greater awareness to the importance of early childhood education. She serves on boards including the Atlanta Children's Museum, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), the Motherless Daughters Foundation and the nonprofit BIH.
Mrs. Reed has received several honors and awards for her work in early childhood education and development including the Early Childhood Champion Award from Sheltering Arms Early Education and Childhood Center and she was also named a Women of Achievement by the Greater Atlanta YWCA.
Mayor Reed and the First Lady live in Southwest Atlanta and have one daughter, Maria Kristan Reed.