According to the Philadelphia Tribune, the appointment makes Kernodle, 36, “one of the youngest African Americans to hold such a position in the governor’s cabinet.”
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kernodle is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from FAMU in 2002.
Before serving in his current position as senior advisor for Wolf’s transition team, Kernodle played a key role on the Wolf campaign as both deputy campaign manager and political director.
Kernodle previously worked in Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration as deputy of legislative affairs, helping to coordinate the city’s Actual Value Initiative. In 2012, he was part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s reelection effort as the Pennsylvania southeast political director. Kernodle also served as the political director for both Nutter’s 2011 reelection bid and District Attorney Seth Williams’ race in 2009.