Keasha Haythe

KEASHA HAYTHE is serving her first term on the Talbot County Council. Ms. Haythe serves as President & CEO for Foundation of HOPE, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization established to help women and young girls. She is the founder of the organization and developed the Economic Development and Empowerment Program for sixth-grade adolescent girls attending Easton Middle School. The program addresses various topics including: low self-esteem, bullying, social media, workforce development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The program teaches participants to be community leaders and viable contributors to the future workforce.

Ms. Haythe has been an Economic Development professional for more than two decades, serving as director for a local government. In her role as Director, she developed a track record of initiating sound policies and innovative strategies. Partnering with private and public stakeholders, she championed education, entrepreneurship and expansion of existing businesses as key economic drivers. She unveiled a countywide brand marketing campaign entitled “water moves us.” Ms. Haythe spearheaded construction of a technology park and developed the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, the first business incubator on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She has secured more than $100M in funding for government projects, business expansions and start-ups.

Ms. Haythe holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Chesapeake College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Arizona State University. She is a member of many professional organizations. In 2016, she was appointed by Governor Hogan to serve a four-year term on the Maryland Marketing Partnership Board under the Maryland Department of Commerce; she also serves as Past President of the Maryland Economic Development Association Board of Directors.

Awards Include:

  • 2009-What’s Up Eastern Shore, Mover and Shaker under 40 
  • 2011-Delmarva African American Pride, Outstanding Achiever
  • 2011-Dorchester NAACP, Day of Service Award
  • 2012- Daily Record, Leading Women under 40
  • 2014-Dorchester Ministers & Citizens for Change Honors Award
  • 2015-Daily Record, Maryland’s Top 100 Women
  • 2015-Talbot NAACP Harriet Tubman Medal of Honor
  • 2016-Fireflies “100 Women of Elegance” Award

Ms. Haythe was born and raised in Talbot County. She is an ordained minister and is a member of Spirit of Faith Christian Center in Brandywine, MD. She is married to Marcus L. Haythe Sr., and they have three adult children; Marcus Jr., (U.S. Army Veteran) Miniah and Isaiah.

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