‘I’m joining the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative because I have prioritised inclusive growth and my ambition to ‘Leave No-one Behind’ in my own city, Bristol. It is vital that my, and all cities, develop and grow in a way that ensures access to education, skills, healthcare and jobs for all.
I also applaud the Inclusive Mayors network aligning with other city networks around the world – it is key that city networks collaborate with each other to amplify their influence, something I am working on through the Global Parliament of Mayors as well.’
– Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Marvin Rees was elected Mayor of Bristol in May 2016, becoming the first European City Mayor of Black African-Caribbean descent.
Marvin read Economic History and Politics at Swansea University, achieving a Master’s degree in Political Theory and Government. He then attended Eastern University, Pennsylvania, completing a Master’s degree in Global Economic Development. He later undertook the prestigious Yale World Fellows programme.
After beginning his career in the voluntary sector, Marvin worked in Washington, D.C., on the response of faith-based organisations to President Clinton’s Welfare Reform Bill. He later worked in both public health and radio broadcasting, becoming a journalist at BBC Radio Bristol.
Marvin founded the City Leadership Programme in 2012, which invests in the development of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and continues as its director.
Marvin’s priorities are to tackle Bristol’s housing crisis by building more homes, improve transport across the city, ensure early intervention in health and progress social mobility through education.
He developed the Bristol ‘City Office’, bringing together diverse organisations to work on the problems facing the city.
Marvin lives with his wife, Kirsten, a wellbeing coach, and their three children; two boys, Caleb and Levi and a daughter, Eden.
Mayor Rees has developed a range of policies and strategies to promote inclusive growth in the city and its local economy. The Mayor has sought to engage with many partners in the city to deliver inclusive growth as part of his One City Approach, a key part of which is to develop an Inclusive and Prosperous Economy.
The Mayor has led development of an Inclusive & Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy for the city, which has the vision “to enable all the people of Bristol to create a sustainable, inclusive and growing economy from which all will benefit”.