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Kemp Conrad

Kemp currently serves as the 2019 Chairman of the Memphis City Council.  Having served as Chairman of the City Council in 2016 and Vice Chairman in 2015, and Chairman of Government Affairs & Annexation in 2016, Kemp led the Council’s efforts to build relations and legislative influence in the State Capitol. His super district represents half of the city – more than 300,000 people.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Kemp put down roots in Memphis upon graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor’s in History from Rhodes College, where he was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society. Working his way through business school, he earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Kemp is a Principal at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, LLC, where his Global Portfolio Solutions Team handles the real estate needs of long-term clients with a global footprint of 50 Million Square Feet. His team also represents industrial investors in the Memphis region. Kemp has completed transactions in 35 states and 25 countries. Prior to joining the firm, he was the Memphis City Leader for Trammell Crow Co.

Kemp's passion for the community has led him to serve on the Board of Trustees of the National Civil Rights Museum and the Emerge Memphis Business Incubator. Kemp is also a former member of the Phoenix Club of Memphis - a fraternal organization that raises money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. While earning his MBA at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Kemp co-founded the Phoenix Club of Nashville. He is also a former board member of the Riverfront Development Corporation (now Memphis River Partnership) and a founding member of Mpact Memphis. In 2001, at the age of 27, he was named to the Memphis Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40" for community and business achievements.

Kemp also served on the Board of Directors of Partners in Public Education (PIPE), and has invested his time by serving some of our most vulnerable and precious assets - the Kids of Hope House, where he served as a board member. Hope House was founded by the Junior League of Memphis and is a daycare and early childhood education center for kids that are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. From his work at PIPE and Hope House, he learned first-hand the importance of parental involvement in our schools and the importance of early childhood education.

Chairman Conrad's legislative achievements include spearheading universal needs-based Pre-K, shared mobility ordinance to proactively bring E-scooters to Memphis, civil service reform, and efficiency in government through reform of pension and healthcare. In 2018, Conrad was presented with the Downtown Memphis Commission's Vanguard Award for his efforts to improve mobility and first- and last-mile transportation options in Downtown by bringing Bird Scooters to Memphis. Conrad also led the Council to a historic replacement of three Council seats that resulted in a historic Council of eight African American members including four African American females. Conrad also led the charge to end street level homelessness by 2022 and creation of a women's shelter by expanding the Hospitality Hub in the former Washington Inspection Station. Kemp has led on several structural issues to improve Memphis that took the approval of Memphis voters through a referendum. These included civil service reform approved in a referendum with a 70% rate and MLGW Pilot reform approved by 64% of the voters resulting in $5-$10 Million in additional money for the City per year.

Because of his fusion of leadership in business and politics, Kemp was one out of eight from an applicant pool of over 600 rising political leaders to visit China in 2004 for the American Council of Young Political Leaders 25th Anniversary Exchange between the U.S. and China. In 2007, he was selected by the East-West foundation for the Next Generation Exchange to Vietnam and Korea. In October 2019, he is leading an ACYPL delegation to Hungary and Croatia.

Kemp is married to Anne, and they have two children, Kemp, Jr. and Coco, a dog Louis V, a Maine coon cat named Cece (named after Cash Carti), and a rabbit named Dixie.
 
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CONTACT INFORMATION

125 N. Main, Room 514
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 636-6786
Fax (901) 636-6796
Kemp.Conrad@memphistn.gov 
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