Emmaus Projects

Christopher Kennedy is a community engager focusing on building the interpersonal and communication skills that forge successful working relationships with clients, consumers, boards, public-private partnerships and community leaders. He is founding partner of Emmaus Projects which helps non-profits monetize their real estate to address a community need and provide a third-revenue stream to support their ongoing mission. Prior to starting his own small business, he was the CEO of Leadership Austin and had a 22-year career at the Lower Colorado River Authority supporting the public utility needs in their 58 county Central Texas service area. He serves on the national board of the Courageous Conversation Foundation. Locally he serves on the advisory councils for Austin Together, the Austin Young Chamber, Young Women’s Alliance of Austin and the Junior League of Austin. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is an avid, some call rabid, Texas Longhorn fan. Christopher resides in downtown Austin.

Speaking at the Following:

Feb 20

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Innovative Partnerships to Leverage Land for More Housing

2:00pm – 3:15pm
Hilton Austin, Governor's Salon D, Floor 4

In many communities, land is scarce and expensive, driving up the cost of housing and limiting the opportunity to build more homes in areas of opportunity. This panel will discuss successful partnerships that have leveraged the real estate owned by houses of worship and schools to build more housing while also investing in those communities. The panel’s speakers will each bring their experience developing strategies and partnerships to unlock underutilized land. Examples include Austin’s Independent School District, St. Austin’s partnership with Greystar, and Enterprises’ faith-based development initiative.