Patrick Kennedy, a fourth generation Sacramentan, was elected to represent District 2 on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in June, 2014.
Prior to his election to the board, he served on the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education since 2008. Among his many accomplishments on the school board, he started the Healthy Foods Task Force, enabling thousands of school children, particularly those from very low income households, to eat healthier and locally sourced meals at breakfast lunch and dinner throughout the year. He also chaired the successful bond campaigns, Measures Q and R, to raise $410 Million to improve Sacramento’s schools.
In addition to his service on the School Board, Patrick is a private practice attorney and business development consultant, specializing in the construction industry.
Patrick served on the Sacramento City Planning Commission from 1993 to 2004. He has also served on the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency’s Oak Park Project Area Committee, the McClellan AFB Reuse Planning Team, and the South Sacramento RT Alternatives Citizens’ Advisory Board.
Patrick’s long record of community service includes serving as President of the Oak Park Neighborhood Improvement Association, founding president of the Hollywood Park Neighborhood Association, and a Board Member of Sacramento Self Help Housing, The Health Project, the Sacramento History Foundation, and the Historic California Governor’s Mansion Foundation.
As Associate Director for Statewide Initiatives for the President of the University of California and the Digital California Project from 2001 to 2004, Patrick advocated for improved technology access for California’s K-12 students, bridging the “digital divide” to serve those children with the greatest needs.
From 1991 to 2001, Patrick worked for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), where he managed a statewide effort to commercialize and promote battery powered, zero emission vehicles.
While receiving his degree in Government from Sacramento State University, Patrick worked for former State Treasurer Phil Angelides and U.S. Representative Robert Matsui, and studied under his friend and mentor Joe Serna, Jr. He later attended law school at night while raising a young family, graduating from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento.
Patrick grew up in Sacramento County’s District 2. Raised by a single mother on public assistance who lost her life to drug and alcohol addiction when he was a young boy, Patrick understands many of the difficulties families face every day, particularly in economically difficult times.
Patrick and his wife Judy, an artist and special education teacher, raised their four daughters, Natalie (29), Courtney (26), Sinead (23) and Chelsea (22), in Hollywood Park.