HBCU Made: Keisha Lance Bottoms
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is an attorney and former magistrate judge who serves as the 60th Mayor of Atlanta. Her experience of seeing her father, R&B singer Major Lance, being arrested and watching her mother struggle to support them is what drove her to pursue a degree in law. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from Florida A&M University and her law degree from Georgia State University. In 2009, Bottoms was elected to the Atlanta City Council to represent a large part of southwest Atlanta, and was re-elected in 2013.
By serving in all three branches of government, Mayor Bottoms has proposed a progressive agenda and a clear vision for Atlanta. As the executive director of Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, Mayor Bottoms has managed to maintain public facilities efficientl, as well as assist with the $30 million dollar sale of Turner Field to Georgia State University. Bottoms has a strong presence in the communities of Atlanta with accomplishments such as establishing Atlanta's first Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and eliminating cash bail bonds citywide. Mayor Bottoms is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Dogwood City Chapter of The Links.
Thank you, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, for being an outstanding example of an HBCU woman and serving your community! We salute you for being HBCU Made!