Keith W. Stokes is the President of Strategic Economic Planning & Development with the Mayforth Group. The Mayforth Group is a Providence, RI and Washington based government relations firm. Keith is the former Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, and a native of Newport, Rhode Island. 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 City Councilman.