|Name||Will P. Wynn|
Austin, Texas , United States
|| September 10, 1961
Mar 19, 2017 09:26pm
|Info||Will Wynn was elected Austin's 50th Mayor on May 3, 2003. |
Will Wynn has deep family roots in Austin and Central Texas. Two of his great-great-great grandparents, James and Julia Olive, settled in southern Williamson County in 1843. His great-grandfather, Daniel LeMaster of McDade, was the state representative for Bastrop County in the 1920s. Will's great-uncle, Ridley Ott, built and managed the Checker Front General Store, now FreshPlus, at 43rd and Duval in Hyde Park during the 1930s and 40s.
Some of his family's history in Central Texas can be seen in several books by J. Frank Dobie, including "Cow People" and "The Longhorns"; "The Ladder of Rivers" by Harry Chrisman; "Black Cowboys of Texas" by Sara Massey, "Four on a Limb" and "I'll Die Before I'll Run" by C.L. Sonnichsen; and "The Shooters" by Leon Metz.
Born and raised in Beaumont, Will was the sixth of seven children, and the fifth of 6 boys. He attended Texas A&M University, graduating cum laude in 1984 with a degree in Environmental Design. He first moved "back" to Austin in 1981.
Will has 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, with projects large and small. In 1997, Will founded CIVITAS Investments, Inc. to focus on historic restoration projects. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and believes that only through dramatically better land use practices can Austin and the surrounding region appropriately deal with challenges like traffic, air quality, housing affordability and environmental protection. In 2001, he was one of the founding members of, what became, Envision Central Texas.
Prior to first being elected to Austin City Council in 2000, Will served as Chair of the Downtown Austin Alliance, and Director for the Children's Museum and Heritage Society of Austin. He has worked over the years to build support for numerous local causes and organizations. Will was named Austinite of the Year by Austin Under Forty (back when he was under 40); was awarded Scenic Austin's first annual Scenic Hero Award; and was honored by the Colorado River Foundation.
Will Wynn claims to know every word to every Guy Clark song ever recorded and challenges you to stump him. Determined to have Austin named The Fittest City in the Country, on most Thursday mornings you'll find him jogging to the weekly Austin City Council meeting.