About Ken

BiographyKenneth Brown, ECC Board of Trustees

Kenneth Brown is currently President of the Governing Board of Trustees at El Camino Community College District in Torrance, California.  He was first appointed by the Board of Trustees in December 2010 to fill the vacated seat of longtime Board of Trustee member, Dr. Nathaniel Jackson.

Ken is currently a Senior Systems Engineer for Northrop Grumman (after leaving DIRECTV) where he serves as System Capability Lead for GPS System Engineering and Integration responsible for defining and maintaining the GPS constellation capabilities for the next generation of military and civilian GPS users.

Ken received his B.S. in Computer Science and Physics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, and a M.S. in Applied Physics from Clark Atlanta University. Brown joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2011 after serving for more than 20 years as a Senior Engineer and Project Controls Liaison at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Brown last worked as a System Engineering Analyst for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) External Metrology.  MSL will collect Martian soil and rock samples and analyze them for organic compounds and environmental conditions that could have supported microbial life now or in the past. Mars Science Laboratory will examine Martian rocks and soils in greater detail than ever before to determine the geologic processes that formed them; study the Martian atmosphere; and determine the distribution and circulation of water and carbon dioxide, whether frozen, liquid, or gaseous.

Born and raised in Carson, California, Brown had more than a respectable athletic career while in and out of college.  While at Morehouse he was twice named All-American in Track & Field, played in the NCAA Div. II Basketball Final Four, and in 1992 qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the high jump.

Brown has served as Board Chairman of the South Los Angeles-based JobStarts, Inc, a non-profit organization that trains people to enter the workforce. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the California State University, Dominguez Hills for the past 8 years teaching Physical Science for Teachers and Introduction to Science and Technology.

Ken has directly served California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell as a Technology Advisor and sits on advisory boards at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Los Angeles, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles City College, and Inglewood Adult School. Last year, he served the California Department of Education as a Content Review Panel expert during California’s State Board Science Primary Adoption. Brown was approved by the California State Board of Education to serve as a member the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee for the update of the Science Framework for California Public Schools.

In 2013, the NAACP selected Kenneth to be a National Judge in physics during the NAACP’s 102nd Annual Convention in Los Angeles. ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

Ken currently lives in Inglewood with his wife of 17 years and their two sons.

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