Bryan is truly an educator at heart. Wherever he is -- in the classroom as a professor, at City Hall as mayor, in a union hall as a labor leader, or in an office as a business consultant -- Bryan is always working with people to help them understand the world better.
Bryan and his wife, Heather, settled in Glendale in 2001 when he began his career as a professor at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. An expert in economic development, history, culture of Brazil, he taught a wide range of classes and led many study abroad trips to Brazil and other countries.
While teaching he became active in his union, the Wisconsin chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. In 2007, this led to his election as State President, a position he held for six years.
In 2008, Bryan’s passion for education resulted in a successful campaign for his local school board. For nine years, he served as a member of the Glendale-River Hills School Board, fighting for more effective investment in K-8 education.
Bryan’s strong ties to the Glendale community led him to run for Mayor in 2015. As Mayor he mentored a new generation of local leaders and helped diversify Glendale’s boards. The city has paid down $100 million dollars in debt, built a net-zero ready City Hall, and helped generate over $55 million in new business investment completed, with another $120 million of approved projects that are in the works.
As County Executive, Bryan is committed to bringing people together to share ideas and develop solutions to the challenges facing Milwaukee County.
Bryan and Heather Kennedy, and their three children: Anna (L), Noah, and Leighton (R)