Marvin Rees is the Mayor of Bristol and a founder of the New Futures programme (formerly known as the Bristol Leadership Programme) investing in the development of high ability, high aspiration young people overcoming disadvantage. He has supported the Schumacher Institute with its work on inclusion in the environmental movement.
He has a wide ranging work and study history that has included time as Director of the Bristol Partnership; a BBC Broadcast Journalist and Radio Presenter; work with Tony Campolo, Spiritual Advisor to President Clinton; Outreach Assistant with Sojourners, one of the United States’ most prominent social justice campaign organisations; and work with Tearfund, one of the UK’s leading Relief and Development Agencies. Alongside this he completed two Masters: a first in The Politics of Black America (Swansea University) and a second in Global Economic Development (Eastern University, USA). He is a Yale (USA) World Fellow (2010) and a graduate of Operation Black Vote’s MP and Commissioner Shadowing Schemes.
He is a Bristol native having moved between St Pauls, a short stint in a refuge in Devon, and the Long Cross Estate in Lawrence Weston before his Mother finally being given a house in Easton. He attended Easton Rd Primary and St George Secondary schools (now The City Academy). He is married, has three children and still lives in Easton.