Rhode Island Colonial Charter: 1663-2013

350th anniversary of Rhode Island's "lively experiment" in religious freedom

Jonathan Stevens

stevensJonathan Stevens is Governor Chafee’s assistant for special projects. On behalf of the Governor, he has organized and, with Jess Unger, is coordinating the Rhode Island 1663 Colonial Charter 350th Anniversary project. He is working with the office of the Secretary of State to create a new Visitor’s Center at the Rhode Island State House. He is also spearheading Governor Chafee’s highway beautification program with RIDOT, which now includes new murals on Interstate 95 in Pawtucket and I-195 in East Providence.

Most of his career has been dedicated to public service. He has been: Warwick City Planner (1993-99); Newport Economic Development Director (2007-10); Congressional staff member to US Representative Claudine Schneider (R-RI) and US Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Assistant to the RI Director of Administration (1985-87), and Congressional Liaison for EPA Administrator William Reilly.

Jonathan is a co-founder of the Newport World Heritage Committee which in 2007 achieved National Park Service recognition of Colonial Newport as a nomination worthy of listing as a World Heritage site.

He holds a BA in American History from Boston University and a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island.

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