board of directors

The Discover Newport Board of Directors is comprised of 18 members with representation from the nine municipalities within Newport and Bristol Counties and five specific industry appointments.


T.R. McGrath - Chairman
McGrath Clambakes, Inc.
Middletown Appointee

Keith Chouinard - Vice Chairman
The Newport Experience
Lodging Under 100 Rooms

Pamela Baldwin - Treasurer
Newport Harbor Island Resort
Lodging Over 100 Rooms


Stephan Brigidi
Bristol Workshops
Bristol Appointee

Meredith Brower
Tiverton Farmers Market
Tiverton Appointee

Peter Connerton
Middletown Appointee

Keri Cronin
Warren Appointee

Patrick Fitzgerald
Sardella's Italian Restaurant
Restaurant Representative

Gillian Friedman Fox
Newport Classical
City of Newport Appointee

Matt Gray
Gray Matter Marketing
Portsmouth Appointee

Ann Hof
RI Marine Trades Association
Barrington Appointee

Charlie Holder
Newport City Councilor​
City of Newport Appointee

Robert Kempenaar II
Kempenaar Real Estates, Inc.
Middletown Appointee

Andrew Moore
Little Compton Appointee

John Nunes
Newport Vineyards
Attractions Representative

Sean O'Connor
Newport Out
City of Newport Appointee

Marla Romash
Our Table Jamestown
Jamestown Appointee

Dr. Melissa Varao
Salve Regina University
Member of the Public

go-to guides

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Daffodil Days Newport

Daffodil Days In & Around Newport

Just as millions of hibernating daffodils prepare to make their debut, Newport and Bristol counties prepare to celebrate with two annual celebrations.

Gardiner House

Guide to Waterfront Hotels

Whether you're looking for a family-friendly retreat or a romantic escape for two with panoramic ocean views, this list of the best waterfront hotels has you covered.

Spring in Queen Anne Square

Spring on The Coast

Sunny cobblestone paths lined with fresh spring blossoms. Longer days and long-awaited sunshine—it's a feeling unlike any other. Classic.