Coalition of Open Democracy Board of Directors
Gordon Allen (Co-Chair)
Former State Representative and founder of New Hampshire CARES
Regina Bringolf (Co-Chair)
Attorney and PACE Board member
Rick Bourdon (Treasurer)
Retired rancher and professor
Former State Representative and court reporter
Carol Wyndham (Secretary)
Longtime Granny D Activist and Coordinator of Granny D in Schools Program
Olivia Zink, Executive Director
Olivia has been working as a community organizer in New Hampshire for the last sixteen years with great success in a variety of roles. Before becoming OD's Executive Director, she served as the Grassroots Engagement Coordinator for the Governing Under the Influence Project in Concord, a project of the American Friends Service Committee.
Prior to that Olivia served as the Program Director for the Coalition for Open Democracy for four years. She has worked on a broad range of campaigns for economic and social justice with groups including the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare and the Priorities NH Campaign.
Olivia also spent a year in Bolivia working with the Democracy Center. In 2008, she was named one of New Hampshire’s “40 under 40,” by the NH Union Leader. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Sustainable Living, and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a master’s degree in Community Economic Development.
Olivia lives in Franklin with her daughter and was recently elected to the Franklin City Council.
Doreen Desmarais, Administrator
Doreen has more than 30 years experience in office administration, serving the non-profit, educational, labor union and for profit sectors. She has been the Administrative Assistant to the NH School Principals Association and currently manages administration, finance, and event planning for Open Democracy in Concord. In her free time Doreen enjoys gardening, volunteering and spending time with her family and pets.
Jazmine Langley, Democracy Fellow, Summer 2016
Jazmine is a rising sophomore, Gates Millennium and Odyssey Scholar at Elon University in Burlington, North Carolina. She is originally from Bonner Springs, Kansas; however, she has resided in Wake Forest, North Carolina for 7 years now. She is majoring in Political Science with minors in Policy, African and African-American Studies, and Poverty and Social Justice. After graduation, Jazmine plans to go to an ivy-league law school in hopes of practicing as a criminal defense/civil and human rights attorney in the Washington D.C. area, and hopefully running for political office one day. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her siblings and family, and helping others in any way she can.
Our Extraordinary Open Democracy Fellows, Summer 2015
SUNY Geneseo (Democracy Matters)
New England College
Humboldt University (Democracy Matters)
Colgate College (Democracy Matters)