About Keith

Perry Keith Waring grew up West of the Ashley in the St. Andrews Parish area known also as District Seven.  He graduated from Middleton High School and received a BS degree in Banking and Finance from the University of South Carolina.  

Keith’s parents instilled in him and his siblings by example that you must give back to your community.  As such, Keith applies his business acumen to the needs of the  Charleston community by serving on different boards.  Keith has been married for 48 wonderful years to the former Donna Lango.  They have 3 adult children and several grandchildren. 

Keith tries to live his life by this motto: “Always give honor to God, have an abiding love for family and have enormous respect for the community.”  

Community Service – Current

  • City of Charleston, City Councilmember District 7, 2012-current (3rd term)
  • Catholic Diocese of Charleston Finance Board Member, 2010-current
  • International African American Museum (IAAM) Board of Directors:
    • Vice Chairman – Finance Committee, 2013- current
  • Charleston Gaillard Management Corporation Board of Directors, 2013-current
  • First Citizens Bank, Local Board of Advisors, 2021- current

Community Service – Past

  • Mayor Pro-Tem City of Charleston 2015 and 2016
  • College of Charleston President’s Diversity Review Committee, 2015-2016
  • Roper St. Francis Hospital Board Member:
    • Chairman Finance Committee, 2005- June 2013
    • Chairman Investment Committee, 2005- June 2013
  • Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Board, 1996-2012
  • City of Charleston Planning and Zoning Board Member, 1995-2011
  • Health Sciences Foundation of Medical University of SC,
    • Investment Committee, 2004-2009
  • USC-Business Partnership Foundation, Board of Advisors, 2001-2009
  • Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Chairman, 2002-2003
  • Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board, 2002-2003
  • Charleston NAACP Freedom Fund Celebration, Chairman 2003
  • College of Charleston Foundation Board, 2004-2008
  • SC Jobs-Economic Development Authority (JEDA),
    • Chairman, 1999-2003
  • SC Economic Coordinating Council Board, 1999-2003
  • SC Enterprise Program Committee, 1999-2003
  • USC B.A. College Bicentennial Campaign Committee, 1997-2000
  •  Charleston County Department of Social Services Board, 1991-2000


  • St. Patrick Catholic Church Finance Board Chairman, 2000-current
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Life Member

Honors & Awards

  • MOJA Arts Festival Luncheon- Business Honoree, 2023
  • Received the Benerementi Medal from Pope Francis of Rome on March 7, 2021, for dedicated service to the Finance Council of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston providing effective and sound advice.
  • Recipient of Honorary Ph.D. from the College of Charleston, May 12th, 2018 for dedicated civic work to the City of Charleston, District 7 and to the College of Charleston
  • Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award presented by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for Leadership (2017)