Keith is a PhD candidate in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois. Keith previously worked as a Congressional legislative aide, and in university development. Having grown up in the Midwest during a period of decline has inspired Keith to seek community-based solutions to many of the critical problems facing communities, particularly during an era of decreasing state and corporate assistance. Keith’s research is focused on how various institutional governance arrangements impact community development outcomes. Of particular interest is exploring the efficacy of the cooperative model toward community development ends.