Michael Kenner, Chief Executive Officer
Following his service in the U.S. Military, Michael Kenner remained in the Seattle area to begin a career in real estate. Starting from the ground up, Michael spent three years finding land for other developers in Seattle before returning to his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, in the aftermath of the Great Recession to found MiKen Development in 2012. Since MiKen’s founding in 2012, Kenner has come to be considered a tireless advocate and local expert on affordable housing policy in Middle Tennessee and has displayed a commitment to the enhancement of Nashville’s overall quality of life through neighborhood planning efforts and socially conscious growth. Not only does Michael live and work in the communities that he develops; he also leads grassroots efforts within neighborhoods to help them navigate the rapid process of redevelopment within Nashville.
Michael was the youngest member of Mayor Megan Barry’s Nashville Business Council and has helped pen policy to ensure contextual responsibility in civic design. He has also been engaged with policy work surrounding the establishment of design standards, including a sub-standard lot variance policy for Nashville. Michael has given countless presentations to neighborhoods, organizations, and colleagues about equitable redevelopment. As part of this neighborhood-centric philosophy, MiKen Development founded a tactical urbanism forum, TURBO (Tactical Urbanism Organizers) Nashville in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC). This non-profit organization enables communities to influence change using temporary structural installations that envision permanent design solutions. In 2015, Michael received the Nashville Civic Design Center’s prestigious “Friend of Public Space Award” for his work with TURBO and promotion of walkability and increased public space in the urban core; an award won back to back by Nashville’s Mayor the two previous years. Michael works to advocate politically on a local and national level through his work with the city’s Nashville Next initiative and the Urban Land Institute.