John T. Kennedy leads and manages transportation strategies, programs and initiatives to advance multimodal mobility solutions for downtown Austin and the greater region.
John began with the Downtown Austin Alliance in January of 2017. He manages Movability Austin, a collaboration of public and private sector employers, property owners, and professional staff focused on improving outcomes for commuters. He also works with the Downtown Alliance’s mobility leadership committee which advises on the potential development of new programs, partnerships and advocacy initiatives.
Prior to his work with the Downtown Alliance, John worked for the federal government for more than 6 years. During his time there, he served as Director of the Mid-Atlantic Gateway for the U.S. Maritime Administration, Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, and Policy Advisor for Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility at the White House Domestic Policy Council. John holds four degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, including Master’s degrees in Public Affairs and Community and Regional Planning from the LBJ School as well as the School of Architecture. His undergraduate studies were based in communications and government.
John’s favorite downtown attractions are the Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail and the historic Seaholm Power Plant.