Sarah-Elizabeth Reed is the First Lady of the City of Atlanta and wife of Mayor Kasim Reed. An Atlanta native, she is a graduate of Pace Academy, then the University of Michigan with a degree in French and next received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law. The daughter of two strong public servants, her late father Senator Arthur Langford Jr. was a minister and a Georgia State Senator and her mother Susan Pease Langford is an attorney and prominent community leader.
Sarah-Elizabeth currently consults with real estate developers on affordable and supportive housing projects. She has worked for United States Congressman John Lewis and in Paris, France at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie. She also worked for the D.C. Office of General Counsel for five years and later as an affordable housing developer for National Church Residences for almost ten years.
As First Lady, she champions early childhood education initiatives and family and youth empowerment and mentoring programs. As a result of her work in affordable housing, she is also interested in addressing the challenges and need for housing and essential services for the homeless.
Sarah-Elizabeth campaigned with her husband as early as 1998 when he was elected to the Georgia State House of Representatives. Shortly thereafter, he was elected to the Senate where he held the same seat (35th district) previously held by her late father.
As a fluent french speaker, Sarah-Elizabeth has spent time traveling Europe, Asia and Africa and lived and worked in France. She has competed in the Miss USA pageant and is a member of the Atlanta Junior League. She is an advocate for the arts, a member of Leadership Georgia and serves on several boards including the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), the nonprofit BiH, the Motherless Daughters Foundation and the City of Atlanta Mayoral Service Board.
She and her husband live in the Cascade area and have one daughter Maria Kristan Reed. As the wife of the mayor and the daughter of a politician and a community leader, she has become a role model for women, and an advocate of early childhood education, family programs and poverty awareness.