The Honorable Kwanza Hall was first elected to the Atlanta City Council in November 2005. He was re-elected in November 2009. He represents District 2, Atlanta’s most socio-economically and culturally diverse district. Rich in history and culture, the district includes Downtown Atlanta, Sweet Auburn and the Martin Luther King Historic District, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University.
One of Kwanza’s signature projects during his first term was a community-based master planning process to ensure long-term sustainability and affordability in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, the neighborhood that raised Martin Luther King. The Atlanta City Council approved the plan in September 2008. In July 2009, the national health magazine Men’s Journal named the Old Fourth Ward one of the nation’s 10 most intriguing neighborhoods.
Before his election to City Council, he served 3 years on the Atlanta Board of Education. An Atlanta native, Kwanza is an alumnus of Benjamin E. Mays High School and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is currently the Director of Business Development for MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. Before joining MACTEC, he was Vice President of Technology for Ambassador Andrew Young’s GoodWorks International.
Among the boards on which he serves: the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Midtown Improvement District, Operation HOPE, Big Kidz Foundation, the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, AfterSchool All-Stars, Creating Pride, and Midtown Bank.
In September 2009, Kwanza was named by Creative Loafing as Atlanta’s “Best Local Political Figure” of 2009. In 2008, he was named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “40 Under 40.” Kwanza is a 2007 alumnus of the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program. Other awards and recognitions: Leadership Atlanta (2010); Leadership Georgia (2007); Regional Leadership Institute (2006); and L.E.A.D Atlanta (2005).
Kwanza lives in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District with his wife, Natalie Hall, and their two sons, Mario and Marc.