Mayor Muriel Bowser names Brian Kenner as deputy mayor for planning and economic development. Kenner, who holds an undergraduate biology degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, is slated to transition into his new role next month pending confirmation by the D.C. Council.
As former chief of staff to Victor Hoskins, the former deputy mayor, Kenner stepped down as an aide in spring 2013 to become Takoma Park city manager. Takoma Park, Maryland is a small town of 2.4 square miles and has a population of about 17,000 near Northeast DC and Silver Springs.
Kenner knows the city and has worked in the District Economic Development office for the terms of the past two
mayors. His experience also includes:
- Managed the team for the reuse of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center site, a process that is ongoing
- Part of the team that supported the development of the Shops at Dakota Crossing
- Worked as a senior fund manager of the Community Investments Group at Fannie Mae
- Vice president of the public institutions group at real estate brokerage JLL
- Manager of the government real estate advisory services consulting practice at Ernst & Young
Building on the hopes of DC citizens and the campaign promises of Mayor Bowser, the city is looking forward to this promising new energy for a “new day” and a “fresh start”. Kenner’s experience will become valuable with his new and very busy commission. In addition to Economic Development, he will be overseeing housing, employment, permitting, planning, banking/insurance regulation, small business development, the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, the Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Office of the Tenant Advocate. Kenner will also oversee the Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Department of the Environment (DDOE) and the Taxicab Commission.