Keith Porter is the president and chief executive officer of the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. Previously, he was its director of policy and outreach. As the center’s top executive, Porter works with all center staff and its board of directors to develop and implement all aspects of the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic plan. As the chief representative of the center to a variety of external audiences, Porter promotes global collaboration across each of its programmatic areas with representatives from national and subnational governments, the media, the private sector, and civil society.
Porter began his career as a broadcaster in 1982. Porter was a finalist for the 1995, 1996, and 1997 Livingston Award for Young Journalists. During his more than 30-year tenure at the Stanley Center, several organizations have recognized him for excellence in broadcast journalism, including the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Headliner Awards, the New York Festivals, and the United Nations Correspondents Association.
Speaking of his work at the Stanley Center, Porter often highlights the amazing opportunities he has had to see global solutions at work—from refugee camps to peacekeeping missions to the inner workings of the UN Security Council—and the keen appreciation he has developed for the human capacity to solve problems and the immense amount of work left to be done.
Porter has an MA in communications and a BA in mass communications from Illinois State University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.