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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.

December 4, 2017

Putting Cities Center Stage

In an age of angry populism, 'New Localism' is demonstrating how empowering them can bring transformative change.