Marvin Rees is the elected Mayor of Bristol. He entered the political world having graduated from Operation Black Vote and Labour Future Candidate programmes. He was first elected mayor of Bristol in 2016 and, after serving an extended five-year first term due to the pandemic, was re-elected in 2021.
Having began his working life with Tearfund, an international development agency, Marvin Rees went on to spend time working in the US with Sojourners, a Washington DC-based social justice organisation, and President Clinton’s advisor Rev Dr Tony Campolo. On returning to the UK he worked with BBC Bristol as a broadcast journalist, with the Black Development Agency supporting the BAME-led voluntary sector and NHS Bristol’s Public Health team on Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health. He was appointed to the National Community Foundation, became a Yale World Fellow and co-founded the City Leadership Programme.