Marvin Rees was elected Mayor of Bristol in the United Kingdom in May 2016. As Mayor he sits as one of the leaders of the UK Core Cities and on the Steering Committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors. He is a popular public speaker on issues of race, class, faith, and social mobility.
Marvin worked previously in public health as a BBC broadcast journalist and radio presenter and for the international development agency, Tearfund. In 2012 Marvin founded the The City Leadership Programme, a Yale World Fellows-inspired program which targets and equips high ability, high aspiration young people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds for national and global leadership.
The Labour mayor of Bristol on how local issues are global issues. As the leader of a city like Bristol, I come face to face with unique challenges every day. Across the world other international cities will also have their quirks – but we are united through our shared challenges that come from global issues, from migration and global security to population inequalities and climate change.