Principal at Chawkins Communications Consulting, Inc.
Ken Chawkins is the Principal at Chawkins Communications Consulting, Inc. His current retained clients include Gemini Motors and South Coast Air Quality Management District as a Policy Advisor to Member Michael Cacciotti. He serves as a consultant with National Demographics Corporation helping public jurisdictions throughout California navigate the process of developing electoral maps.
Chawkins served as the Government Relations Manager for Air Products and Chemicals, a world-leading Industrial Gases company. He acted as the principal liaison to local and state policymakers to advance company priorities and all growth platforms, with special focus on Hydrogen for Mobility and Carbon Capture and Sequestration. Additionally, Chawkins supported business development activities by developing advocacy campaign strategies, crafting appropriate and effective messaging, and planning and executing strategic government engagement plans. As Government Relations Manager, Chawkins designed and executed stakeholder and managed overall communication strategies,
His work with Southern California Gas Company as Manager of Public Policy and Business Policy Manager relied on Chawkins’ expertise within the energy/utility industry. SoCalGas is the largest national gas distribution company in the United States, and Chawkins was responsible for advancing the company’s policy agenda with external stakeholders at the local and state governmental levels. Additionally, he framed the public engagement strategy and worked with various organizations and interest groups to build coalitions seeking the safe, clean and affordable use of natural gas as an energy source.
Chawkins started his journey in the Energy/Utility industry at Southern California Edison where he built a foundation of knowledge in one of the largest electric utilities in the country. Over the 18 years that Chawkins was with Southern California Edison, he served in both staff and operational capacities, starting as a region manager for public affairs, serving as Special Assistant to the CEO, running a local operating district and serving as Project Lead for the Business Process Integration and Training Manager for the Operations Support Business Unit.
Chawkins is civically active in Southern California currently serving as Chair of The Children’s Partnership, Chair of Pasadena Media, a trainer for Water Education for Latino Leaders and an advisor to the Glendale Education Foundation. He has previously served on many other boards, including Coro Southern California, Leadership Southern California, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Legacy Los Angeles, Environmental Leadership Institute and Sustain Southern California among others. 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 in 1989. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Dr. Lan Nguyen Chawkins and has two adult daughters, Dania and Emma.