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September 25 2013

Operation HOPE Announces Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed as Honorary Co-Chair of 2013 HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit


Mayor Reed to provide welcome remarks to event delegates

ATLANTA – September 27, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) today announced that Kasim Reed, Mayor of the City of Atlanta, will join the 2013 HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit as an Honorary Co-Chair. Reed will play a key role in welcoming the more than 1,200 delegates expected to attend the event in Atlanta on November 13 and14. The City of Atlanta is also an event partner.

Reed joins other honorary co-chairs, including Tim Pawlenty, President and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable; and Sean Cleary, founder and executive vice chair of FutureWorld Foundation; and event co-chairs Ambassador Andrew Young, civil rights icon and Chairman of the Andrew Young Foundation; and John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE founder, chairman and CEO.  Focusing on its theme, How the Poor Can Help Save Capitalism, the Summit will discuss ways to empower the poor and the struggling middle class through financial inclusion.     

Reed, who also addressed the 2012 Summit in Atlanta, was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. He was named the 6th most influential African-American in the nation in 2012 by The Root, a publication of the Washington Post Company. Governing Magazine named Mayor Reed as one of the top state and local government officials of the year in 2011. Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times columnist and author of “That Used to Be Us,” called Reed “inspiring” and labeled him as “one of the best of this new breed of leaders.” In his book “We Can All Do Better,” former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley cited Reed’s straightforward approach in successfully reforming the city’s pension plan and wrote: “We need more of that kind of candor.” 

Mayor Reed is Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Prior to his election, he served as a member of the Georgia General Assembly for 11 years. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1998 and served two terms. From 2002 to 2009, he served in the Georgia State Senate. 

Mayor Reed is a former partner in the litigation practice of Holland and Knight LLP, an international law firm. He is a graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C., where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees and an honorary Doctor of Laws. Mayor Reed was appointed as Howard University's youngest General Trustee in June 2002 and remains a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees. 


About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE (HOPE) has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and educational tools in underserved communities. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, encouraged economic preparedness and digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than two million individuals, families, and small-business owners. To learn more about Operation HOPE, visit, follow us on Twitter, @operationhope #HOPESummit, and like us on Facebook