The Honorable Kwanza Hall is beginning his third term on the Atlanta City Council. He represents District 2, the heart of Atlanta and the city’s most diverse council district. The district includes the Martin Luther King Historic District, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University. The following neighborhoods are in District 2: Downtown, Midtown, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park, Candler Park, and the Old Fourth Ward.
Hall is a member of the following Council committees in 2014: Public Safety, Community Development, and Zoning.
One of Hall’s signature achievements during his first term was a community-based master planning process involving 1,000 residents of Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward community, the neighborhood that raised Martin Luther King Jr. During his second term, he has received local and national recognition for his “Year of Boulevard” initiative. The Year of Boulevard, launched in 2012, focuses on improving public safety and bringing resources to the youth and families of the Old Fourth Ward’s Boulevard corridor, which has the highest concentration of poverty in the southeastern United States. In its 2012 Best of Atlanta issue, Atlanta Magazine called the Year of Boulevard “One of the Five Things We’re Rooting For.” In its Best of Atlanta 2012 issue, Creative Loafing named the Year of Boulevard Atlanta’s best community development initiative. In 2013, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation selected the Year of Boulevard as one of eight outstanding grassroots initiatives led by city councilmembers across the country.
Before his election to the Atlanta City Council, Hall served on the Atlanta Board of Education. An Atlanta native, he was raised in southwest Atlanta. He is an alumnus of Benjamin E. Mays High School and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Hall currently serves on the boards of Leadership Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Arts Fund, Atlanta Medical Center, and the Downtown and Midtown Improvement Districts.
Hall has been recognized for his leadership in many different arenas. In 2012, Georgia State University honored him with the Pioneer Award, its highest award for leadership promoting arts and culture in downtown Atlanta. In 2011, Atlanta’s Park Pride honored Hall for governmental leadership in parks and greenspace advocacy; he was voted by an independent media panel as one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans; and Atlanta’s American Institute of Architects chapter created the Kwanza Hall Award for civic leadership in architectural design. In 2009, Creative Loafing named him Atlanta’s “Best Local Political Figure.” In 2008, he was named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “40 Under 40.”
Hall, a private business developer, lives in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District with his wife Natalie Hall. They are the proud parents of two sons, Mario and Marc.
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