Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
60th Mayor of the City of Atlanta
Keisha Lance Bottoms is the 60th Mayor of the City of Atlanta.
A daughter of Atlanta, Mayor 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. As part of her commitment to strengthening public education for all of Atlanta’s children, Mayor Bottoms transferred deeds for 31 properties to Atlanta Public Schools. Tackling criminal justice reform, Mayor Bottoms signed an ordinance to eliminate the use of cash bonds for low level, low income offenders. Mayor Bottoms also announced a $9 million, citywide anti-displacement initiative to expand affordable housing opportunities for low income residents as part of her $1 billion public-private equity and affordability plan. Doubling down on her commitment to maintaining an affordable Atlanta, Mayor Bottoms, in partnership with the Westside Future Fund, announced the Anti-Displacement Tax Fund, which will pay any property tax increases for qualifying homeowners in the City’s historic Westside communities.
Working to improve access to parks and public spaces for all Atlantans, Mayor Bottoms most recently executed a historic public property purchase, acquiring the land needed to complete the Atlanta BeltLine’s Southside Trail. This $26 million investment will connect the Eastside of the BeltLine to the Westside for the first time in the trail’s history – providing greater access to transit options and world-class greenspace for residents. In June, Mayor Bottoms was appointed Chair of the Community Development and Housing Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors for her leadership on the critical issues facing the nation's cities concerning affordability and economic development.
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;” and most recently, she was honored among a group of stellar woman, as one of ESSENCE magazine’s 2018 “Woke 100” – highlighting black women change agents across the nation and beyond.
A lifelong public servant, Mayor Bottoms previously served as a lawyer, judge, City Councilmember, and Executive Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), 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.