Marvin Rees was elected mayor of Bristol, England, in May 2016. Previously, he worked at a United Kingdom-based international Christian aid agency, in the United States organizing the response of faith-based organizations to the 1996 federal welfare-reform law, as a program manager for the British National Health Service, and as a radio broadcaster.
In 2012, Rees founded the City Leadership Program to improve opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is a graduate of Operation Black Vote and the Labour Future Candidate Programme.
Rees attended Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., completing a master's degree in global economic development. He also participated in the Yale World Fellows global leadership program.