John F.X. Keane has lived in New Providence for more than 34 years. One would say public service is in John’s blood. His father was a councilman and, after his death at age 43, his mother took over the council seat and later got re-elected for another term.
Aside from his public service roots, John has extensive experience in banking having last worked as a private banker for two years at BNY Mellon. Before that, he worked at Citibank and JPMorgan Chase running the Middle Market in New Jersey and a Middle Market Corporate Finance Group. He has also had various leadership positions while working at JPMorgan Chase. John’s education includes a BA in History from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA in Finance from New York University.
John has been, and still is, an active member of the New Providence community. He has served as a parent volunteer for the NPHS band, past chairman of the New Providence Recreation Commission and past chairman for his son’s boy scout troop. Today, John continues to be a member of the New Providence Lions Club. He has also been a member of the New Providence Economic Development Committee since its inception as well as the treasurer of the Downtown Improvement District. John has been a member of the New Providence Planning Board for seven years and currently serves as the vice chairman of that board.
John, and his wife Jessie, have three children—one of which will be getting married this fall. He also has two young grandchildren.
John believes that because the borough is changing, we need to learn how to navigate these changes which includes making New Providence more walkable—something he has been professing on the town’s Economic Committee. “You can’t get from Adams to Acme without a policeman. There are ways to fix that.”