Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
60th Mayor of the City of Atlanta
Keisha Lance Bottoms is the 60th Mayor of Atlanta.
A daughter of Atlanta, Mayor Bottoms strives to continue the city’s progress as a global business hub, and the nation’s cradle for civil and human rights. Mayor Bottoms is committed to realizing her vision of One Atlanta – an affordable, resilient and equitable Atlanta – which stands as a model city for both commerce and compassion.
Mayor Bottoms’ notable accomplishments to date include the establishment of the City’s first fully-staffed Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the appointments of a LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator and a Human Trafficking Fellow, the citywide elimination of cash bail bond, the closure of the Atlanta City Detention Center to ICE detainees, the rollout of the most far-reaching financial transparency platform in the City’s history – Atlanta’s Open Checkbook, and the release of an Atlanta City services mobile app – ATL 311 that will serve as the lead communications tool for an upcoming infrastructure improvement initiative that will be announced in fall 2018.
A lifelong public servant, Mayor Bottoms is the only Mayor in Atlanta’s history to have been elected to all three branches of government, serving as a judge and City Councilmember before being sworn in as Mayor.
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, Georgia Trend Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Essence 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.”
Leading with a progressive agenda focused on equity and affordable housing, Mayor Bottoms serves as Chair of the Community Development and Housing Committee for the United States Conference of Mayors. She has also joined mayors across the country in taking a stance for the removal of the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form, support for an Amicus Brief to protect Temporary Protective Status for immigrants, and the end of LGBTQ discrimination.
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, Jack and Jill of America, 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 Bottoms is the daughter of Sylvia Robinson and R&B icon Major Lance. She resides in historic Southwest Atlanta with her husband, Derek W. Bottoms, their four children- Lance, Langston, Lennox and Lincoln, and their family dog, Logan.