Former Cambridge Mayor Kenneth E. Reeves to Moderate Guest Panel

Former Cambridge Mayor Kenneth E. Reeves to Moderate Guest Panel

Detroit-native Kenneth E. Reeves (AB ’72) has served as a Cambridge City Councillor since 1990. In 1992, Reeves was elected to his first term as the Mayor of Cambridge, and in so doing became the first black openly gay mayor in the United States. During his three terms as Cambridge Mayor, Ken Reeves worked to initiate the Cambridge Works job assistance program, the Cambridge Kids Council, and the Men’s Health Task Force. He is now working to establish an “Office of College Success” to ensure Cambridge students graduate from college.

Following his time at Harvard, Reeves earned a JD from the University of Michigan. His law career includes time at the National Consumer Law Center, the General Motors/United Auto Workers Legal Services Plan, and the Cambridge law firm Singleton, Reeves, Bowzer, and Huggins.

Reeves is currently a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His fall 2016 course “The Future of American Cities” explored issues around design, equity, gentrification, and the new economy in 21st century cities.

Ken Reeves has received numerous awards for his work, including honors from the NAACP, the Boy Scouts of America, the AME Church, and the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College.


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