About Kenyatta

A Man with a Mission to Serve!

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson represents the Philadelphia's Second District, covering parts of Center City, South and Southwest Philadelphia, Philadelphia International Airport, the Navy Yard, Eastwick, Grays Ferry, Hawthorne, and Point Breeze.

Born and raised in the Point Breeze section of the city, Kenyatta's commitment to fighting for our neighborhoods and our neighbors goes far beyond city council, for him it's personal.

He knows what Second District families are going through because he's a part of their community.

After the devastating murder of his cousin in 1998 he felt compelled to get involved and get active. He founded an organization called Peace Not Guns that continues to this day to focus on ending the rampant gun violence in the city and provides young people with alternatives to violence.

As a first term city council member, Kenyatta has already made a significant impact on the Second District by providing property tax relief for victims of AVI, fighting for our schools and giving the parents of students a voice in the debate, strengthening our neighborhoods by investing in parks and green space, and improving public safety by being council's leading voice against gun violence.

Click here to read more about Kenyatta's accomplishments in city council.


In the City

Prior to serving on the Philadelphia City Council, Kenyatta was a state representative for the 186th Legislative District. He also worked as a Pennsylvania State Senate staffer and was a volunteer for AmeriCorps, the national service organization that allows citizens to serve their communities. He was a founding staff member of City Year, the non-profit AmeriCorps organization whose primary goal is to build advocacy through service.

Kenyatta and his wife Dawn live in the Point Breeze neighborhood with their son, Isaiah, and their dog, Sasha Blu.