On August 10, 2020 Pasadena Councilmember & former Mayor- Pro Tem John J. Kennedy was officially sworn in as a board member of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Commission.
Kennedy replaces Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek who stepped down on July 20thand joins fellow Pasadena Councilmember Steve Madison and former Pasadena Community College Trustee Ross Selvidge as one of the authority’s three Pasadena representatives.
The three city commission owns and operates the airport under a joint powers agreement between the three cities since 1977.
John J. Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and Howard University School of Law. He is the former President of the Pasadena NAACP, and also serves as a board member for the USC Black Alumni Association.
A Pasadena native, Kennedy has dedicated his life to community service and to helping those in need. He has actively worked with and in local and national political campaigns including the Barack Obama Presidential Campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He led the efforts in the City of Pasadena for the remodeling and revitalization of Jackie Robinson Park in Northwest Pasadena which brought about a $3.5 million dollar renovation of the 40 year old public facility named after the legendary baseball player and Pasadena native Jackie Robinson.
Kennedy also lead the efforts in 2019 to officially have the City of Pasadena and the city of Dakar Plateau, Republic of Senegal formalize a sister city relationship.