David A. Darlington, Chairman
Mr. Darlington is a partner in the public and government relations firm Gildea, O'Connell & Darlington, LLC, with offices in North Providence, R.I., and Boston, Mass.
He has served in numerous executive and management positions in both the public and private sector, including the Office of the Governor in Rhode Island and Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Merrill Lynch, Verizon Communications, and 3M Corporation.
Formal positions while in the service of the state include Special Assistant to the Governor of Rhode Island
, Director of Municipal Affairs, Director of Constituent Affairs, Director of Advance, and Director of Federal Affairs.
Also during his
time in the governor's office, Mr. Darlington
was responsible for the planning and execution of a number of noteworthy statewide events including the Rhode Island Statehouse Centennial celebration, several meetings of the New England
governors and eastern Canadian premiers, and the 2001 summer meeting of the National Governors Association
, held in Providence and Newport
also coordinated the state's response to several emergencies, including the North Cape oil spill and 1996 Eastern Equine Encephalitis outbreak.
In addition, he
has managed a number of successful political campaigns, including gubernatorial and state legislative elections.
The chairman also currently serves as president and Board chairman of the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
, a 501(c)3 corporation that provides funding and facilitates consulting services to New England companies
adversely affected by foreign imports.
He also serves on the Board of the New England Advance Vehicle Consortium, is a member of the Rhode Island Yachting Commission, and is a founding board member of the American Business Council, in Washington, D.C.
He has previously served as director of the Quonset Point Port and on the Business Park management board.
A North Kingstown, R.I., native, Mr Darlington was educated at Bishop Feehan High School, in Attleboro, Mass., and Marquette University.
was appointed to the R.I.T.B.A. Board by Gov.