D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has nominated Brian Kenner, former Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development who is currently working at Amazon, to fill a vacant seat on the Events D.C. board of directors.
Kenner resigned from the D.C. government last summer for a position as an economic development official at Amazon, after serving as the mayor’s top economic aide for over four years. He also played a key role in the efforts to bring the e-commerce giant to the city.
The Events D.C. board of directors consists of 12 members representing specific business segments of the community. The members are appointed by the mayor, except for three ex-officio members, confirmed by the Council of the District of Columbia.
It supervises the management of entertainment venues in the District such as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Entertainment and Sports Arena, Nationals Park and RFK Stadium.
The board holds its meetings at 10:00 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at 1101 K Street NW, Suite 300.
Kenner would join the board for a four-year term, if he is approved by the D.C. Council.
According to Bowser’s October 31 proposal, Kenner managed a “$7 billion real estate portfolio” including projects like The Wharf and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center during his tenure as a deputy mayor.
At Amazon, he leads development and investment across the region, “work[ing] directly with key government agencies, officials as well as chambers of commerce, utilities, and other key public/private stakeholder groups,” according to DCist, which attributed the information to his resume attached to the proposal.
Bowser’s move came in response to the need of replacing Miriam “Mimsy” Lindner, whose term on the board expired in May.