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.
Since he was appointed, Commissioner Lawrence has taken a hands-on approach to learning all facets of county government and experiencing county programs first-hand. Lawrence is an avid user and promoter of the county’s parks and trails. In 2017, he was the second person countywide to complete the Montco Trail Challenge and completed the Challenge again in 2018 with his entire family. He joined the Share Montco Hunger Solutions Advisory Group after participating in the Your Way Home Food Stamp Challenge, eating only food for a week that could be purchased with the SNAP benefits amounting to $4.75 per day. Lawrence also completed the QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Program offered to county residents by the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce.
Commissioner Lawrence 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. As Chair of the Election Board, Commissioner Lawrence has initiated an effort to recruit poll workers, speaking with civic groups, colleges and high schools across the county.
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.
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 also previously worked at Merck & Company, Inc. handling public relations, product support, community relations, corporate contributions, crisis communications, issues management, government relations and media relations and at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as a Public Policy Representative performing policy development and analysis, grassroots outreach and lobbying on regional business issues.
Commissioner Lawrence currently serves on the boards of SEPTA and the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association. Lawrence’s prior board service includes the Avenue of the Arts, Inc., Big Brothers-Big Sisters Independence Region, 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, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. “Coach Ken” has also volunteered as youth sports coach for several years in the Plymouth JR ABA and the Colonial Soccer League.
Lawrence has been the recipient of several awards including; the 2018 Raymond H. Miley, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County, the 2018 Driving Fatherhood Award from the Maternity Care Coalition, 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.