Principal at Capital A Housing
Conor Kenny is a policy professional, civic volunteer, and affordable housing expert currently serving as a principal at Capital A Housing, a real estate developer focused on providing Affordable housing to the Austin community. Integrating his almost two decades of experience in government affairs with his penchant for creating better outcomes for communities, Kenny aims to help his hometown navigate the challenges around housing so neighborhoods and people can flourish.
At the helm of Capital A Housing, Kenny focuses on developing mixed-rate thriving communities that serve the complete needs of all residents and neighbors. Pulling from his expertise in public affairs, Kenny goes further than just identifying development opportunities and managing negotiations, he also provides counsel and drafts ordinances that in turn make Austin a better place to live. He was on the team that drafted “Affordability Unlocked,” a bonus program that waives or modifies some development restrictions in exchange for providing low-and moderate-income housing. Some of Kenny’s notable projects include: A at Lampost, a 17-townhouse neighborhood offering low income families access to homeownership, Seabrook Square, a 262 unit mixed-income development giving low income families and unhoused neighbors the opportunity to live, work and play in one of Austin’s historic neighborhoods, and more.
Prior to joining Capital A Housing, Kenny held multiple government and policy positions working during the 2003, 2011, 2013 and 2015 Texas legislative sessions. In 2015, he worked for the criminal justice division of the state and administered victim services programs for the state by writing policy and designing performance measurement systems for victims. Before that, he served as the chief of staff for the Texas House of Representatives, as a consultant for communications and policy while in graduate school and as a policy analyst for a former Texas Senator. Kenny also has an in-depth background in research serving as senior editor for OpenCongress.org, a researcher and managing editor for the Center for Media and Democracy, a national watchdog group that conducts in-depth investigations into corruption and the undue influence of corporations on media and democracy, and a researcher for Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power. He also served as chair of the planning commission for the City of Austin from 2017-2020 and prior to that he was a member of the comprehensive plan joint committee.
Kenny holds a masters in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from The Evergreen State College, and an associates degree from Deep Springs College. When he isn’t advocating for and developing affordable housing, he spends time with his wife and kids.