Kwanza Hall is the son of the late Leon W. Hall, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s youngest lieutenant. An alumnus of Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta, Kwanza served as President of the Student Government Association. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Hall worked as Vice President of Technology for GoodWorks International LLC, a public affairs consulting firm co-chaired by Amb. Andrew Young. He also worked as Director of Business Development for MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc.
First elected in 2005, Kwanza served three-terms on Atlanta City Council for District 2, the heart of Atlanta and the city’s most socially and economically diverse council district. Its neighborhoods include Midtown, Downtown, Inman Park, Poncey Highland, Candler Park, and the Old Fourth Ward. Prior to serving on Atlanta’s City Council, Kwanza spent one term as a member of the Atlanta Board of Education.
Kwanza was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. In 2012, Georgia State University honored him with the Pioneer Award, its highest recognition for leadership promoting arts and culture in downtown Atlanta. In 2011, Atlanta’s Park Pride honored Kwanza for governmental leadership in parks and greenspace advocacy. He was also voted by an independent media panel as one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans. Atlanta’s American Institute of Architects chapter created the Kwanza Hall Award for civic leadership in architectural design. In 2009, Creative Loafing named Kwanza Atlanta’s “Best Local Political Figure.”
Hall served as Managing Director for Development of The Proctor Creek Watershed at Invest Atlanta until January 2019 and now in business focused on real estate development and cannabis.