In 2013, John J. Kennedy was elected to serve as a Councilmember representing District 3 in the City of Pasadena, California, where he also currently serves on the Finance Committee, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, and as one of three City representatives to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
From a young age, John dedicated his life’s work to serving others. Born and reared in Pasadena, he served as Student Body President at Blair High School and Student Senator at the University of Southern California, where he received dual degrees in International Relations and Economics. He earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Howard University School of Law, and was the youngest person to have served as President of the Pasadena Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Having worked for the City of Pasadena in the Finance, City Attorney, Police, and Public Works Departments, he also served on a variety of Boards including the Pasadena Police Foundation, Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation at UCLA, Library Task Force for Alternate Funding, the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, Community Development Committee, and the Developers’ Selection Committee for Heritage Square Senior Housing Development.
In the private sector, John runs his own management consulting business. He has worked for a family company with responsibility in philanthropy, real estate and business development. He has also served as the Senior Vice President of the Los Angeles Urban League; was Director of Special Projects for Southern California Edison; served as Vice President of Countrywide Home Loans; and was Deputy Chief of Police in Richmond, Virginia.
Political involvement and extensive world travel has garnered him a keen understanding of local, national and international government practices and procedures. Much of his spare time is committed to community organizing and working to elect and support Democratic candidates.