Bristol born and bred, Marvin Rees was brought up by his mother, and began his career with a leading international development agency, then moved to the USA to work with Sojourners, a Washington D.C. based social justice organisation.
On returning to the UK he worked with BBC Bristol as a Broadcast Journalist, with the Black Development Agency supporting the BME-led voluntary sector and NHS Bristol's Public Health team on Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health.
During the same period, he completed his first Master's in Political Theory and Government, and a second in Global Economic Development. He also had a number of public appointments including the National Community Forum, became a Yale World Fellow and co-founded the City Leadership Programme. Deeply committed to building a fairer, more inclusive world, Rees lives in Bristol with his wife and three children.