Mayor of Atlanta, GA; Rodell Fellow, The Aspen Institute
Kasim Reed is the 59th mayor of the city of Atlanta and began his second term in January 2014. Reed has increased core services, reduced spending, created the largest police force in the city’s history, reopened recreation centers, and improved fire-rescue response times. Under his leadership, the city has had four years of balanced budgets with no property tax increases, and its cash reserves have grown from $7.4 million to more than $138 million. Reed previously served eleven years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly and is a former partner of Holland and Knight LLP.