Kenyattah Robinson Full Bio

Kenyattah A. Robinson
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District

Current Responsibilities

Kenyattah Robinson is the President & CEO of the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID), a private, nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, employees, visitors, and property owners within the 17 city-block and 56 block-front footprint that comprises the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of Downtown DC. In this role, he is responsible for overall management of the organization, including leading operations, planning, program development, financial management, communications, marketing and branding, special events, community organizing, fundraising, public speaking and reporting; working with the District of Columbia and Federal government, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and National Park Service; and managing all staff including a seven-person Clean Team Ambassadors crew of clean and safe team ambassadors. Kenyattah is a 10-year resident of Mount Vernon Triangle.

With more than 18 combined years of combined public- and private-sector management, real estate finance and advisory, policy, public affairs, and urban placemaking experience, Kenyattah has led or supported numerous capital budgeting, asset acquisition, portfolio strategy and management, asset utilization and due diligence, and asset disposition projects on behalf of Federal Department of Defense/civilian, state, municipal and non-profit land-holding organizations. He has specific experience in the use of alternative finance for acquisition of real property, renewable energy and energy savings for Federal, state and local projects.

Prior to joining the MVT CID, Kenyattah served as a Senior Vice President | National Director on the Public Institutions team at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). He began his career at JLL as an Associate in August 2006 and was promoted to Vice President and Senior Vice President in July 2009 and July 2014, respectively. Based in Washington, DC, his primary responsibilities included developing strategies to help public-sector organizations achieve their mission objectives through public-private partnerships and other venture opportunities to maximize the value of their real property assets.  Real property owners to whom he has provided real estate advisory, transaction and execution services include the U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services / National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Treasury / United States Mint, U.S. Departments of the Army, Energy, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, State of Louisiana, District of Columbia and Aspen Institute.

Prior to JLL, Kenyattah held positions at AEW Capital Management in Boston, Fannie Mae in Washington, DC, the office of retired U.S. Sen. John Breaux (LA) at the U.S. Capitol, and at the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency in Baton Rouge. He supplemented his education with White House and Capitol Hill internships.

Thought Leadership
Kenyattah has demonstrated active thought leadership on topics related to and involvement with national trade organizations focused on the increased use of public-private partnerships to acquire Federal real property and renewable energy assets and enhance building energy efficiency. Participation includes:

  • District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) – Speaker: “Building 4 the Future: Four Generations & Beyond” (4/6/13)
  • Real Estate Bisnow: “Real Estate Doesn’t Shut Down” (10/1/13)
  • GovEnergy – Member, Planning Committee (2008-2010)
  • National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP)
    • Member, Energy Institute (2009-2012)
    • Panel Moderator: “The Stimulus Package for Energy & Infrastructure PPPs: The Current Environment of Innovative Financing for Infrastructure PPPs” (4/8/2009)
    • Speaker: NCPPP Annual Meeting. “Federal Properties & Federal Energy” (11/19/09)
    • Panel Moderator: “Leveraging Energy Partnerships: Energy and PPPs – After the Stimulus: What’s Next for the Federal Government” (11/16/10)
    • Panel Moderator: “PPPs for the Federal Government: Successful Partnering to Meet Energy Goals and Mandates” (9/20/12)
    • Speaker, NCPPP and Association of Defense Communities – Fourth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum: “State of the Federal Budgetary Environment” (12/10/13)
  • JLL Green Blog: “White House Taps JLL on Retrofits” (7/28/10)

Education and Affiliations
Kenyattah earned an M.B.A. from the Johnson School at Cornell University, where he studied as Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow and Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow. He was awarded the Robert J. Swieringa Young Alumni Service Award in January 2014, the Wilbur Parker Distinguished Alumni Award in October 2016, and currently serves as co-president of the Johnson School Club of DC and as a member of the Cornell University Trustee-Council. A New Orleans native of the Upper Ninth Ward and graduate of the “blue ribbon” Benjamin Franklin Senior High School, he earned his B.A. in liberal arts and business from Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award and was 1 of 25 members of senior class chosen as a member of Leadership LSU. Mr. Robinson previously served on the executive board for the African-American Real Estate Professionals of DC (AAREP DC); the Planning Committee for GovEnergy, a tradeshow and workshop designed to help Federal agencies meet energy management goals and mandates, and on the executive board for the Children of Kibera Foundation, an international charitable and educational non-profit working to create opportunities for orphans and vulnerable children living in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyattah was recognized as a “40 Under 40” finance professional by the Robert Toigo Foundation in 2014, a “40 Under 40” real estate professional by Real Estate Forum in 2011, and received the prestigious “Catalyst Award” from JLL in 2013 and “President’s Award” from AAREP DC in November 2016.

Kenyattah moved to Mount Vernon Triangle in 2008 where he currently lives with his wife, Marnique Heath Robinson – a Principal in the Washington, DC office of STUDIOS Architecture, previous Chair of DC’s Board of Zoning Adjustment, and current Chair of DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board – and their precious infant son Markus. He proudly maintains his status as an Eagle Scout.