Coalition for Open Democracy
Board of Directors

Jane Armstrong – past President of the League of Women Voters of NH; represented the League on New Hampshire’s public funding coalitions since 1997 (New London, NH)

Rick Bourdon, Co-Chair – a native New Englander, spent most of his professional life in Wyoming and Colorado as a breeder of Red Angus cattle and professor of livestock genetics; keeps busy with skiing, sculling, tennis, birding, and a variety of responsibilities with Hanover Friends Meeting (Lyme, NH)

Peg Fargo, Co-Chair – retired educator, Vice President of the League of Women Voters of NH; serves on the Board of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) and teaches history courses (Bow, NH)

Don Jorgensen – retired businessman, consulted to companies in the United States and abroad on issues of operations, leadership development, cost analysis and budgeting; currently Chair of the Manchester Boston Regional Airport Authority (Manchester, NH)

Bob Perry – retired Court Reporter for NH Superior Court; member of the Board of Trustees at the Rochester Opera House; as a state Representative, served on the House Election Law Committee and the Citizen-Funded Election Task Force (Strafford, NH)

Betty Tamposi, Vice ChairAssistant Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush; as a state Representative, was Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee; former member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Hampshire (New Castle, NH)

Athena Valkanos – graduate student at the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)

Steve Varnum – former journalist, currently Director of Communication and Marketing for the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (Manchester, NH)

Carol Wyndham – retired teacher and friend of Open Democracy’s founder, the late Doris “Granny D” Haddock; chair of the Granny D in the School Committee; also works on voting integrity issues (Peterborough, NH)

** Affiliations listed for identification purposes only. Board members serve in their individual capacities.


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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 is serving on 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. 


Our Extraordinary Open Democracy Fellows 

Eden Gebeyehu, Democracy Fellow, 2017

Jordan Cozby, Democracy Fellow, 2017

Kazi Ateea, Democracy Fellow, 2017

Niambi Mercado, Voting Rights Fellow, Spring 2017 
Antioch University

Jazmine Langley, Democracy Fellow, Summer 2016 
Elon University

Ian Duffee, 2015
SUNY Geneseo (Democracy Matters)

James Giles, 2015
Dartmouth College

Taisuke Iwasaki, 2015
New England College

Kimberly Manriquez, 2015
Humboldt University (Democracy Matters)

Colin McCarty, 2015
Colgate College (Democracy Matters)

Emma Stein, 2015
Union College

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  • Alan MacDoanld
    commented 2018-01-24 18:28:35 -0500
    Olivia, a more appropriate title for your recent email of “Reducing the Power of Wealthy Donors”, might more accurately be, “Over-throwing the Power of the Wealthy Empire”.

    Alan MacDonald
    Wells, Maine
  • Jeanny Aldrich
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-12 18:27:11 -0400
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