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Steve Keyes, Member of Council

Leadership: Zoning and Development Committee Chair
Term: January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015
Contact: skeyes@bexley.org 

Steve Keyes, JD was elected to City Council in November 2011, and is excited and honored to be serving the residents of Bexley in this capacity. By day, Steve works as a Human Resources executive at Abercrombie & Fitch, in the role of Vice President for global compensation and benefits.  He received his Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Psychology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; his Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; and his law degree cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in New York City, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Fordham Law Review. His prior corporate and legal experience includes roles at Nationwide Insurance; Limited Brands, Inc.; Time Warner Inc.; American Express Co.; and the New York law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP.

Steve also values the other public-service leadership roles he has had held in the Bexley and Columbus communities, which have included Adjunct Professor at Capital University’s School of Management and Leadership; Chair of the Financial Stability Committee of the United Way of Central Ohio; current President of the Board of Trustees of Columbus’s ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Chair of ProMusica’s Strategic Planning Committee; and Co-Founder of the “Columbus A Cappella Fest!” Vocal Festival, which premiered in Bexley in 2010.

Steve started his governmental service to Bexley as a member of the City’s Charter Review Commission from 2009-2011, which confirmed his strong interest in public service and his decision to seek election to City Council. Steve lives in North Bexley with his wife Lauren Bonfield, also an attorney, and daughter Natalie, a computer-science/math/robotics enthusiast in the Class of 2017 at Columbus School for Girls. As a family, they enjoy hiking, biking, reading, movies, swimming, and travelling. Steve and Natalie also enjoy performing as musicians – she as an accomplished cellist, and he as a singer with a long-standing professional vocal quartet known as The GrooveBarbers. Steve was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where his mother and brother still live.