Joe Kennedy has dedicated his career to social and economic justice. A former Congressman, legal aid volunteer, and assistant district attorney, he currently serves as managing director of Citizens Energy, a non-profit company founded in 1979 to help low-income families meet their basic needs.
In addition, Joe serves in the Biden Administration as Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs, a key diplomatic post through which he focuses on the long-standing U.S. commitment to peace, prosperity, and stability throughout the region.
He is also the founder of Groundwork Project, a political advocacy organization dedicated to investing in community organizing in regions of the country most overlooked, disenfranchised and left behind.
The U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 4th Congressional District from 2013-2021, Kennedy built an impressive legislative record around civil rights, health care, and economic policy, emerging as a national figure in some of our most pivotal political debates. From his headline-making fights for affordable health care and compassionate immigration policy to his legislative leadership on issues like mental health parity and transgender equality, he became one of the Trump Era’s most powerful voices for moral clarity.
Prior to serving in Congress, Kennedy was an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts. He attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where he was an active member of the Legal Aid Bureau, and spent two years in the United States Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. The grandson of former United States Attorney General Robert Kennedy and great-nephew of President John F. Kennedy and former Senator Ted Kennedy, he serves as a senior advisor at the Emerson Collective and on the boards of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, the Woodwell Climate Research Center, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, and the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps.
Joe is married to Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, founder and CEO of Neighborhood Villages, a leading childcare advocacy group. They live in Newton, Massachusetts with their two young children, Eleanor and James.
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