Executive Director, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
Keith W. Stokes was appointed in January 2010 to the position of Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. He is Chairman of the Board of the Quonset Development Corporation, as well as the Slater Technology Fund. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Stokes served as Board member and Treasurer of the RI Economic Development Corporation and as a Board member of the Quonset Development Corporation.
Mr. Stokes was the Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years. Prior to his success at the Chamber, he worked as Senior Policy Advisor to Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun, Executive Director of the Omni Development Corporation, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Rhode Island General Treasurer. Mr. Stokes is also a frequent national, state and local lecturer in community and regional planning, historic preservation and interpretation with an expertise in early African and Jewish American history.
Mr. Stokes is a native of Newport, Rhode Island. He was educated at Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Quill & Dagger Honor Society) and the University of Chicago with a Master's Degree. Mr. Stokes has a diverse professional background including business, community planning, historic preservation, and government. He has served his community in many capacities - including as a three-term Newport City Councilman. Mr. Stokes and his wife Theresa have four children.
His local, state, and national directorships include:
His local, state and national awards include: