Kenneth E. Davis is a Senior Director for Duane Morris Government Strategies. His advocacy and lobbying experience includes developing grassroots legislative communications systems, publishing legislative and political newsletters, creating political education programs and establishing political action committees.
Early in his career, Ken was Chief of Staff to Senator Hugh Scott (R-PA) in Washington, DC. Subsequently, he was named Director of Government Relations for Rohm and Haas Company, the Philadelphia-based chemical manufacturer. Ken represented the company at the federal, state and local levels of government as well as to selected foreign governments.
Following his experience in the private sector, Ken held key posts in the administrations of state and city governments. He served on the Transition Team for former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, where he was charged with review of the Commonwealth’s Department of Labor and Industry, and held positions on other sub-cabinet boards and commissions for the Ridge administration, such as the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority and the Apprenticeship and Training Council. Ken was a member of former Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell’s Private Sector Task Force on Management and Productivity, and directed and wrote a study of the city’s commercial and economic development policies. Governor Rendell had since appointed him, and Governor Tom Corbett re-appointed him, to Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.
Ken has had considerable experience serving on a wide variety of boards, as a member and as chairman, for business, civic and charitable organizations as well as local and state government agencies. In his first position with Rohm and Haas, he reported directly to the Chairman of the Board, and regularly reported to the Company’s Board of Directors on legislative, regulatory, policy and political matters. He created the Company’s first public affairs program and its political action committee, both of which raised the corporate profile within the elected officials' community. Also in the business realm, Ken served on the board of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
In the civic world, Ken served on a number of boards, including the Anti-Defamation League, Bridlewild Trails Association, Gladwyne Fire Company, Lower Merion Conservancy and Riverbend Environmental Education Center. He currently serves on the board of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Ardmore Business Development Authority and the Lower Merion Township Cable Television Advisory Committee.
Charitable organization boards on which Ken served include JEVS Human Services and ElderNet of Lower Merion.
In all of his service on these diverse boards, Ken brought his business and organizational skills, his fundraising ability and a heightened awareness of government’s impact on their respective goals and missions.
Ken earned a B.A. in political science from Moravian College and an M.A. in government from American University. He is on the Faculty of Temple University’s Long Term Learning Institute where he teaches a course in government and politics. Ken held leadership positions in a number of trade, professional and civic associations in Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Harrisburg. In Montgomery County, he chaired the Community Revitalization Board. He was a member of Lower Merion Township’s elected Board of Commissioners, on which he served as president. In addition, Ken served as Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee and was an elected Delegate to several Republican national conventions.