Director of special projects in the Office of Gov.
Chafee and State
Historic Preservation Officer, 2011-15. Policy director on Lincoln
Chafee for Governor, June-Dec. 2010. Director of economic
development for the City of Newport, RI, Sept. 2007-May 2010.
Interim executive director for Preserve Rhode Island, March-Sept.
2007. Newport office director (Jan. 2003-Jan. 2007), policy
director (Jan. 2001-Jan. 2003) and director of legislative affairs
(Jan.-Dec. 2000) to Sen. Chafee. Planning director for the City
of Warwick, RI, Jan. 1993-Nov. 1999. Congressional liaison for
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, April 1991-Dec. 1992.
Masters of community planning from University of Rhode Island; B.A. in
American history from Boston University.
Joseph K. "Kenny" Alston
Chief of staff to Gov. Chafee from Feb. 2014,
after serving as
director of operations, special advisor for policy and legislative
affairs, and legal counsel. Served on the policy and finance
committee of Chafee's gubernatorial campaign in 2010. Worked as
an attorney in New York for 12 years: senior corporate counsel for
Weight Watchers International, Inc.; deputy general counsel for
MortgageIT, Inc.; and a corporate associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene
& MacRae, LLP. J.D. from University of Chicago Law School,
1998; undergraduate degree from Brown University, 1995.
Communications Debbie Rich
Deputy communications director to Gov. Chafee through
Public Information Officer for the Rhode Island Division of Motor
Vehicles. Rhode Island press secretary to Sen. Chafee.
Communications director to Chafee when he was Mayor of Warwick.