Kevin McKinney and his wife Kimberly live in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis City. They moved to St. Louis in 1997 from Jonesborough, Tennessee. Kevin and Kimberly have been married 17 years. Kevin, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, is currently the owner of a housing consulting business that assists churches, not-for-profits and communities to develop housing for seniors and disabled people. He has over 16 years experience in housing and urban development. Kimberly serves as the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis. Their daughter Courtnie is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and is married to Darris Nichols, Assistant Basketball Coach at Louisiana Tech University. Courtnie is the Director of External Relations for the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University.
Before moving to St. Louis, Kevin had the privilege to serve his hometown as Alderman, then as Mayor during the 1990’s. He was the youngest, the first, and to date the only African-American Mayor elected in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He is experienced in government as a legislator and executive and achieves results. During his tenure, Kevin ushered in multi-million dollar developments. As Mayor, Kevin oversaw the development of a $1.3 million public community water park. He also oversaw a $3 Million update of the public water treatment facility and expanded the collection system. Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee, has a long tradition of promoting the art of storytelling. Kevin raised private funds and sought grant money to build a $10 million facility for the International Storytelling Center. The Storytelling Center holds an annual festival bringing ten thousand people from around the world to Jonesborough and Northeast Tennessee, providing an economic boost to the community each year.
Since moving to St. Louis in 1997, Kevin has been an active member of the St. Louis community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the South City YMCA, Friends of Tower Grove Park, The Garden District Commission, St. Louis Public Radio and is a former president of the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association. Kevin is a Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Appointed by Mayor Francis Slay, Kevin served three terms on the St. Louis City Board of Equalization.
Kevin is a pragmatic progressive and is running for alderman because he knows the city of St. Louis can take a more proactive and smarter approach to development, safety and educational improvement.