Keisha Lance Bottoms represents a large part of the historic Southwest Atlanta community as a member of the Atlanta City Council. Since being sworn into office on January 4, 2010, Councilmember Bottoms has sponsored legislation that has addressed the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability. This sweeping legislation has helped grow the city’s reserves from $7.4 million to more than $100 million, in under three years. She has also authored the toughest Panhandling legislation in the history of the city.
Councilmember Bottoms has worked with colleagues to achieve the goal of nearly 2,000 officers within the Atlanta Police force, as well as to successfully balance the City’s budget each year during her time on Council, without increasing taxes. She currently serves as Chair of the Council’s Zoning Committee. During her term as Vice-Chair of the city’s Transportation Committee, the Maynard H. Jackson International terminal at Hartsfield Jackson Airport opened, solidifying Hartsfield Jackson’s place as the busiest airport in the world.
Councilmember Bottoms maintains a private law practice, and has served as General Counsel for a multi-million dollar business, as well as a Judge (Pro Hoc) in Fulton County State Court. She has worked as a legal analyst and reporter for various media outlets and has served as a guest speaker and panelist during numerous events, speaking on a variety of topics, including, law, community engagement, and public policy.
Councilmember Bottoms’ commitment to community and public service has been recognized by the 2013 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She has also been awarded the Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Community Service, the Community Service Icon Award, and the Keeper of the Dream Award. She is a member of the Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2011 and has also been honored as one of 10 Outstanding Atlantans based upon her professional achievements and dedicated community service.
Councilmember Bottoms has volunteered with numerous community organizations and currently serves on the boards of Families First, The Children’s School, the Firefighter Pension Fund, and Atlanta Mayoral Board of Service. She has previously served on the Boards of the YWCA of Atlanta, CURE for Childhood Cancer, the Atlanta Cyclorama Task Force, and as a trustee of Ben Hill United Methodist Church. Councilmember Bottoms is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, the Dogwood City Chapter of The Links, Inc. and the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She is the daughter of the late Major Lance and Sylvia Robinson. A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, Florida A&M University, Magna Cum Laude, and Georgia State University College of Law, Councilmember Bottoms and her husband Derek W. Bottoms, are both natives of Atlanta. Her greatest honor is being the mother of four wonderful children, Lance, Langston, Lennox, and Lincoln.