Top 25 Women of Atlanta: Sarah-Elizabeth Reed

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Sarah-Elizabeth Reed

First Lady

City of Atlanta

As the wife of Mayor Kasim Reed and the first lady of Atlanta, Sarah-Elizabeth Reed has taken the initiative to advocate for early childhood education. Her goal is to create an educational platform that will assist children with their reading comprehension skills. Currently serving as a member of the Mayoral Service Board, she has opened an unparalleled reading program for children in elementary school to enhance their reading and conversational skills.

“My daughter makes me think of all children in our city and around the world. All children deserve to reach their full potential and to be loved and nurtured just as she is,” Reed says.

Reed is the daughter of the late Senator Arthur Lang-ford Jr. and Susan Pease Langford, who raised her to know the importance of giving back to the community. A French major and graduate of the University of Michigan and Howard University School of Law, she worked to open foreign language programs at the Center for Hope and partnered with the Children’s Museum, ensuring all children in the city have a place to learn through play. Reed has also spent over 10 years as a real estate developer, developing affordable housing projects with total development costs ranging between $10-21 million.

Reed understands how to successfully balance family, work, friendships, and community service. She confidently shares her purpose with the world and makes it a better place, in her own way.

“The essence of any powerful woman is faith in God and knowing who you are and whose you are,” she explains. “We each were created in God’s image, to fulfill a special, divine purpose and I know this is mine.”

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