Marvin Rees started his career working for faith-based youth charities. He was later a broadcast journalist at the BBC until 2009 and continues to appear on BBC Radio 5 Live as well as local radio stations like Ujima and Bristol Community FM. He started working for the NHS in 2008 where he managed the Delivering Race Equality in Mental Healthcare action plan for Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. He then progressed to planning and supporting the development of strategic collaborations between city and regional partners and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust. In the US he took part in the Yale World Fellows Program and completed a Master’s degree in global economic development at Eastern University. He also worked on the initial effort to organise the response of faith-based organisations to Bill Clinton’s Welfare Reform Bill and sat on the National Executive of the Jubilee 2000 USA campaign for debt relief for the world’s poorest countries. He joined the Labour Party’s Future Candidates Programme in 2011. In 2012 he set up the City Leadership Programme, which invests in personal development, leadership skills and life-planning for talented but disadvantaged young people. He was elected Mayor of Bristol in 2016.