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Mayor Adrian Fenty

Former Mayor of Washington, D.C.

A dynamic and captivating speaker, at the podium Mayor Fenty discusses the necessity for nationwide education reform, rebuilding the economy, developing urban infrastructure and remodeling the political arena.

BIO

One of the youngest mayors of a major metropolitan U.S. city, rising political figure Adrian Fenty captured the nation’s attention during his term as Mayor of the District of Columbia.  Celebrated for his leadership in urban education reform, the public school system in the D.C. had been troubled for years with poor student test performance scores and graduation rates among the lowest in the nation.

During his first months in office, he shocked the city—and the nation—by bringing the public school system under his administration’s control.  That bold move and the addition of  Michelle Rhee as Chancellor of Schools have credited Fenty with putting the school system on the path to long-awaited improvements inside and outside the classroom. The results speak for themselves: student achievement at the secondary level rose 14 points in reading and 17 points in math since 2007, gains that are unprecedented in DC history and unparalleled nationwide.

While focusing on improving schools, the Fenty Administration is also recognized for overhauling District agencies, ensuring more efficient and effective service delivery throughout city government.  Government efficiency and accountability are among the key hallmarks of Fenty’s work as Mayor. He added more police officers to patrol the streets and expanded community policing; added thousands of affordable housing units; created the Housing First program which provides permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families; and improved the delivery of emergency medical services.  As a result, homicides dropped to their lowest level since the 1960’s and both violent crimes and property crimes experienced a double-digit decline.

Fenty also championed development efforts across the city.  Several schools, libraries, parks and recreation centers were renovated to offer state-of-the-art facilities for residents, youth, and families.  Fenty again made history by signing the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Act of 2009, to legalize same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia.

One of the youngest mayors of a major metropolitan U.S. city, rising political figure Adrian Fenty captured the nation’s attention during his term as Mayor of the District of Columbia.  Celebrated for his leadership in urban education reform, the public school system in the D.C. had been troubled for years with poor student test performance scores and graduation rates among the lowest in the nation.

During his first months in office, he shocked the city—and the nation—by bringing the public school system under his administration’s control.  That bold move and the addition of  Michelle Rhee as Chancellor of Schools have credited Fenty with putting the school system on the path to long-awaited improvements inside and outside the classroom. The results speak for themselves: student achievement at the secondary level rose 14 points in reading and 17 points in math since 2007, gains that are unprecedented in DC history and unparalleled nationwide.

While focusing on improving schools, the Fenty Administration is also recognized for overhauling District agencies, ensuring more efficient and effective service delivery throughout city government.  Government efficiency and accountability are among the key hallmarks of Fenty’s work as Mayor. He added more police officers to patrol the streets and expanded community policing; added thousands of affordable housing units; created the Housing First program which provides permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families; and improved the delivery of emergency medical services.  As a result, homicides dropped to their lowest level since the 1960’s and both violent crimes and property crimes experienced a double-digit decline.

Fenty also championed development efforts across the city.  Several schools, libraries, parks and recreation centers were renovated to offer state-of-the-art facilities for residents, youth, and families.  Fenty again made history by signing the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Act of 2009, to legalize same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia.

Media

"Adrian Fenty's presentation was in honor of MLK Day. As expected, he wove his own experience into the framework of the legacy of Dr. King and how he had inspired and influenced his choices. It was very well done. "

Ross School of Business - University of Michigan

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Changing Tomorrow, Today: An Afternoon with Mayor Adrian Fenty

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