Atlanta mayor joins IOP fellows

By Christine Schmidt

The Institute of Politics (IOP) officially announced the identity of its “mystery fellow” for winter quarter, two months after releasing the names of the other five fellows.

Kasim Reed, the Democratic mayor of Atlanta, will join the IOP as a fellow during the first week of March. According to Amin Cyntje, director of the Fellows Program, Reed will host a couple of Fellows Seminars and take part in a larger public event.

“You can expect him to talk about his job as mayor, the policy priorities of his first term, challenges facing his city and urban centers in general, Democratic politics, etc.,” Cyntje said in an e-mail.

Reed, 44, has served as mayor since 2010 and was reelected last November. From 1998 to 2009, he was a member of the Georgia General Assembly. He is a former partner in an international law firm and a graduate of Howard University. Reed previously visited Chicago in October, speaking at the City Club of Chicago, and also gave a talk at the 2011 Chicago Ideas Week.

Other fellows this quarter include former Representative Lincoln Davis (D-TN), U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s former senior strategist Steve Hilton, former Representative Sue Kelly (R-NY), Mitt Romney’s senior adviser Beth Myers, and Tommy Vietor, a former spokesperson for the National Security Council.