We are pleased to announce that the Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of the City of Atlanta, is confirmed as an Honorary Co-Chair for the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit scheduled for November 14th-15th, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Despite beginning his term facing a $48 million budget shortfall, Mayor Reed has revitalized the city of Atlanta. Under his leadership, the city has had three years of balanced budgets with no property tax increases, and its cash reserves have grown from $7.4 million to more than $100 million. Additionally, Mayor Reed has hired more than 600 police officers and re-opened the city’s recreation centers as safe havens for young people.
Mayor Reed grew up in the Cascade community of Southwest Atlanta and later graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. He served 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly, where he established his track record of leadership. Since taking office, Mayor Reed has received numerous accolades. In May 2012, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington D.C. honored him with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award, saying he “heralds a new and creative approach to leadership.” Mayor Reed was also named as one of the top state and local government officials of the year 2011 by Governing Magazine.
John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, an NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of $54 billion Ares Capital.