Will Wynn

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Will Wynn ’84 (ARCH) served as two-term mayor of Austin from 2003-09 as well as Chairman of the Board of Austin Energy, the 9th largest public power utility in the U.S. He is a sought after speaker on the international stage and advises numerous public and private entities on greenhouse gas reduction strategies. Wynn graduated cum laude and also completed the departments’ cooperative education program, working for Shefelman & Nix Architects in Austin, 1981-84. Mr. Wynn has over 25 years’ experience in the commercial real estate development industry. Prior to first being elected to public office in 2000, Mr. Wynn served as Chairman of the Downtown Austin Alliance, and has long been a leading advocate for transforming Austin’s urban core into one of the most vibrant in the country. Under his leadership at city hall, downtown Austin saw unprecedented residential development and streetscape improvement. In addition to his many duties locally, Wynn also rose to a leadership position within the U.S. Conference of Mayors. As chairman of their Energy Committee for five years, he helped drive national debate on federal energy policy and climate protection. He was featured in Time and Newsweek’s global warming issues. Wynn was named Austinite of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce, received the Alliance to Save Energy’s prestigious Charles H. Percy Public Service Award, was presented with Scenic Austin’s first annual Scenic Hero Award was named Energy Executive of the Year by the 9,000-member Association of Energy Engineers and following Austin’s response to Hurricane Katrina, was named Local Public Official of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. He holds both U.S. and Irish citizenship and splits time between Austin and Portugal.
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