Ellen KernChief of Staff for Senator Browne
When he put together his staff, Senator Pat Browne wanted someone with a solid background in the community to serve as his chief of staff. With that in mind, he hired Ellen Kern, who was then serving as the Vice President Development for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“I am extremely pleased to have Ellen heading my staff,” Senator Browne said. “She knows the community and is known in the community. That is a great advantage that will help as we establish our presence throughout the 16th District. She has significant leadership experience and great people skills that will serve her well as she directs the staff and interacts with constituents.”
Kern graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo where she received a B.A. in English and Sociology. She also received the New York State Regents Academic Merit Scholarship, the Jesse Stevens Merit Scholarship awarded by the faculty of her high school and the PA Governor’s Highway Safety Award. In 1991, the March of Dimes Lehigh Valley Chapter named Kern “Most Wanted Woman in the Lehigh Valley” for her fundraising activities.
Kern became the first female president of the Kiwanis Club of Allentown in 1993 and was designated a “distinguished president” by Kiwanis International in 1994. In 1996, Kern received the Lehigh Carbon Community College “Collegiate Award of Distinction”. She was the recipient of the City of Allentown’s 1997 Human Relations Award, and was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Great Valley Girl Scout Council. Kern was named a “Woman of Influence” in 2016 by Lehigh Valley Business. In 2018, she received Cedar Crest College’s Associates’ Award.
“Through her professional experience and her work with many civic organizations, Ellen knows the issues that are important to the people of our community,” Senator Browne said. “Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her the ideal person to lead my staff.”
Kern is and has been active with many community organizations including current Chair of Lehigh Carbon Community College’s Foundation, Board Member of the following organizations: Latino Leadership Alliance of the Lehigh Valley, 7th Street Development Committee, Hamilton District-Main Street Program, Scoutreach Steering committee, Communities in School, Cedar Crest College Board of Advisors and the Allentown School District Foundation. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Allentown and Immediate Past Chair of the Rotary Club of Allentown Foundation.