Ken Berkman Bio

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Public Works Director Ken BerkmanKen Berkman brings 30 years of public works and engineering experience to the table—in both the public and private sectors. Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Ken initially did not expect to get into this line of work. “Through high school, I always thought about going into the health profession and to become a doctor or dentist as a way to best help society,” he shares. “But then I realized I wouldn't be able to start really working until I was 30, which back then seemed so old. I ended up gravitating to civil engineering. In public works, it’s all about helping society and making it a better place in a variety of areas.” After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Civil Engineering, he happened upon a brochure offering an entry level position with L.A. County's Public Works Department, which brought him out to the West Coast. "After spending the first 16 years in the public arena and then the next 10 in private focusing on public works and project delivery, it led me to realize that my favorite place to work is for a city where there are a lot of things going on and I can stay busy. What I sought out, I have found here in El Segundo -- a centennial city with a strong passion for its history and traditions going through a transition to a modern-day beach city that is bustling with new development, new residents and the subsequent high demand for top quality services and amenities."