Cheltenham’s News PA Montgomery County appoints Ken Lawrence, first Black Board of Commissioner. Commissioner Ken Lawrence was guest speaker at the Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP’s September 18, 2017 general body meeting. Members and friends discussed issues they felt were most important as citizens of Montgomery County with Commissioner Lawrence.

Commissioner Lawrence, 45, a Plymouth Meeting resident, has lived in Montgomery County since 1984. He attended Montgomery County Community College and graduated from Temple University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Commissioner Lawrence joined Temple in 2008 as senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, overseeing the offices of Government Relations and Community Relations. He was founder and president of Public Affairs Strategies, where he represented corporate and nonprofit organizations. He also worked for five years at Merck & Co. Inc. handling public community media relations and as public policy representative for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Commissioner Lawrence also serves numerous civic organizations, including the Temple University Political Science Advisory Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., SEPTA, the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board and Cristo Rey High School Board.