Having spent almost 30 years in public affairs, serving business, labor, government, and nonprofits, Ken is an expert in identifying strategic partners, developing sharp messaging and outreach efforts.
Chawkins served as the Government Relations Manager for Air Products and Chemicals. Prior to that, he worked with Southern California Gas Company as Manager of Public Policy and Business Policy. Chawkins started his journey at Southern California Edison as a region manager for public affairs, and as a Special Assistant to the CEO.
Chawkins’ works with Gemini Motors and South Coast Air Quality Management District. He is Project Lead for the City of South Pasadena in their transition to become the first city in the US with an all zero-emissions Police Force and National Demographics Corporation helping public jurisdictions in California navigate the development of electoral maps. He teaches Stakeholder Engagement at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Chawkins currently serves on the Board of The Children’s Partnership, Chair of Pasadena Media, a trainer for Water Education for Latino Leaders. He has served on a number of boards, including Coro Southern California, Leadership Southern California, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Legacy Los Angeles, Environmental Leadership Institute and Sustain Southern California. Chawkins holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA, a MA in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University and was a Coro Fellow in New York City.