Rodney Ahart is a third-generation native Austinite with deep ties in the city. He comes to Keep Austin Beautiful with over 12 years of professional experience. Rodney served as Chief of Staff in the Texas House of Representatives for over six years. While working at the Capitol, Rodney gained valuable experience on diverse issues such as education, health, business & industry, appropriations, and the environment. Most recently serving as the Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society, Rodney spearheaded the volunteer-driven ballot initiative making all public places in Austin smoke-free.
He was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the City of Austin Environmental Board. In this role, Rodney led the charge to protect the critical environmental features in Eastern Travis County. His other volunteer work includes the City of Austin Bond Election Advisory Task Force, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Austin, Literacy Austin, Windsor Park Neighborhood Association, and Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Ahart, a graduate of Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, has been bestowed several honors including an Austin Under 40 Award and Austin Toastmaster of the Year.
Rodney loves spending time with family, remodeling his 1950’s East Austin home, and traveling to Europe.