Audience in Lecture






Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Seneca Family of Agencies


Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies (“Seneca”), a nonprofit agency founded in 1985 with a mission to do whatever it takes to help children and families succeed through the most difficult times of their lives. Seneca provides comprehensive mental health, education, placement and permanency services provided to children with serious emotional needs and their families throughout California and Washington State.

Ken is a Governor’s Appointee on the Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, and the California Child Welfare Council. Ken is a two-time former president of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, and serves on the CEO Council for the national Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. He is an elected member and past-president of the Alameda County Board of Education, and past-president of the California County Boards of Education. He is co-author of two books, Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families (2010), and Unconditional Education: Supporting Schools to Serve All Students (2019). Ken serves on numerous policy planning groups in California at both county and state levels.