Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr., Vice Chair

Ken Lawrence Jr. was appointed by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas to the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners to fill out the term of newly-elected Attorney General Josh Shapiro.  On February 2, 2017, he was unanimously elected as Vice Chair of the Board of the Commissioners. 

He was elected to serve as a Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Elections on March 16, 2017. The Board of Elections oversees the administration of the election process in the county, including the polling locations, ballots, voting machines, and campaign expense report filings.

A resident of Montgomery County for nearly 35 years, Lawrence brings a diverse set of skills and experience to the Board. Lawrence has served as Temple University’s Vice President for Alumni Relations overseeing the activities of the Office of Alumni Relations and the Temple University Alumni Association. He was the first Vice President appointed to this position in Temple history.

Previously, he served as Senior Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs at Temple where he oversaw the offices of Government Relations and Community Relations directing all of Temple’s outreach and advocacy activities at the state, local and federal levels of government and community engagement.

No stranger to the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Lawrence was unanimously appointed by the Commissioners in 2011 to serve as a county representative to the board of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and was unanimously reappointed in 2016.

Commissioner Kenneth E. Lawrence, Jr.
Previously, he was appointed by the Commissioners to the board of the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau and served two terms from 2006-2013. In 2012, Lawrence was a member of the Shapiro-Richards transition team serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure sub-committee.

Prior to joining Temple, Lawrence built his own successful public affairs firm in Montgomery County– Public Affairs Strategies – where he represented corporate and non-profit clients. Lawrence previously worked at Merck & Company, Inc. handling public relations, product support, community relations, corporate contributions, crisis communications, issues management, government relations and media relations. He also served the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as a Public Policy Representative performing policy development and analysis, grassroots outreach and lobbying on regional business issues.

Lawrence’s prior board service includes the Avenue of the Arts, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montgomery County, Committee of Seventy, Easter Seals of Southeastern PA, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the James A. Finnegan Foundation, North Penn Chamber of Commerce, the North Penn Valley Boys and Girls Club of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and the marketing committee for the Montgomery County Industrial Development Corporation. Lawrence has been volunteer youth sports coach for several years in the Plymouth JR ABA and the Colonial Soccer League.

Lawrence has been the recipient of several major awards including the 2016 Philadelphia Tribune: Most Influential African Americans, the 2005 Philadelphia Business Journal: 40 Under Forty Award, and the 1999 Big Brother of the Year (North Central Philadelphia).

Lawrence began his college career attending Montgomery County Community College and is a graduate of Temple University from the College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and the University of Pennsylvania from the Fels Center of Government with a Master’s degree of Public Administration.  Mr. Lawrence lives with his wife and two sons in Plymouth Meeting.