Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ chief of staff is going back to the private sector

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that her Chief of Staff, Marva Lewis will leave her administration and head back to the private sector after the first quarter of this year.

Lewis, suspended her corporate career in 2017 to serve as campaign manager for then-candidate Bottoms.

“Marva Lewis has been and remains a trusted advisor. Her leadership guided our administration through a successful first year and I am excited to see what her future holds,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Upon entering City Hall, Marva promised us one year. During that time, her focus on driving results, executing our vision and building strong relationships both internally and externally helped ensure that we have the right people and priorities in place to effectively govern. One year later, she has fulfilled her promise and I will always be grateful for both her service and her friendship.”  

Lewis will remain in her current role through March 2019, working closely with Bottoms to ensure a smooth transition, along with the successful execution of Super Bowl LIII, the 2019 State of the City meeting, and priority initiatives.  

In her role as chief of staff, Lewis is one of the highest-ranking advisors to the mayor, overseeing top personnel, policy and legislative matters.

Lewis has also overseen key city functions including external affairs, international relations, immigrant affairs, communications, human trafficking elimination, human services, constituent services, cultural affairs, film and entertainment, and special events.

Lewis earned a master’s degree in human resources from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Francis Marian University.

Prior to joining the city, she worked for Cousins Properties and Equifax. She currently serves on the board of the Metro Atlanta Red Cross and the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority Board. She is a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2017, and is participating in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Development Program.

“Serving the City of Atlanta has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Lewis. “From the first time I met Mayor Bottoms, I knew she was the right woman to lead Atlanta into the future. Now, stakeholders engage daily with the leader I met years ago, and the Administration is successfully realizing the Mayor’s vision for One Atlanta. I will forever treasure my time on the campaign, during the mayoral transition, and ultimately as Chief of Staff of this great city. I look forward to the new opportunities that the new year will bring.”

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