Keith Stokes
 President of Economic Development & Planning

Keith W. Stokes has more than 25 years of experience in local, state and regional economic development planning, administration and public policy research. Prior to joining the Mayforth Group, Keith served as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, after serving on the corporation board of directors for 16 years.  

 Previously, Keith served as Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce and has served as a policy advisor for Rhode Island Governor and General Treasurer. Keith has a distinguished public and private sector management career with expertise in government administration, business development, community planning and public policy analysis. He has initiated, led and completed several complex business,  affordable housing and community development projects within State of Rhode Island. Keith has also served as both an elected and appointed government official at the local, state and federal levels. Keith holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. In addition he holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy & Planning from Cornell University. Keith has also served on numerous private, government and civic leadership boards and led dozens of redevelopment, planning and business development organizations across Rhode Island and New England.


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