AVAQMD Governing Board Member
Ken Mann, Council Member - City of Lancaster
Ken Mann was elected to the Lancaster City Council in April 2008. He was appointed to the Planning Commission in 1992, and served as a commissioner until 1996, when his four-year term expired. Re-appointed in 1997, Mann served five consecutive two-year terms as the Mayor’s appointment. He was re-appointed again in April of 2006 to fill a two-year vacancy on the commission.
Mann and his wife own Camille’s Sidewalk Café in Lancaster. Previously, Mann was employed as a restaurant business consultant for Denny’s Corporation. His employment background includes directing the operations of eight McDonald’s restaurants for 30 years in the Antelope Valley, retiring in December of 2000.
Mann attended Antelope Valley College for three years, majoring in Business and Accounting.
Ken Mann’s record of community involvement has been a lengthy one, which has paralleled his career here in the Valley. His commitment and interest has been in helping the people of the Antelope Valley, particularly Lancaster. Mann has been directly responsible for raising millions of dollars for charity. He served on the Board of Directors of the Antelope Valley United Way from 1988 until 1996. During that period, he served as Campaign Chair in 1992 and Board Chair in 1993. Also, during the same period, he was one of the original sitting Board Members on the Children’s Center of Antelope Valley, as well as Campaign Chair for the Boy Scouts of America two years in a row. In 1996, Mann went on the Board of Directors for Desert Haven, serving as Chair of the Desert Haven Auction for three years, and Board Treasurer for two years. He has also been active with the Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce as a Board Member for more than eight years, and is currently the Chairman.
Born in 1952 in Hawthorne, California, Mann has been a resident of Lancaster since 1956. He met his wife here in Lancaster where they raised three children.