Coalition for Open Democracy
Board of Directors

Ken Barnes - is an attorney who has provided legal services to individuals, families, and children, as well as to small businesses, towns and federal agencies. (Concord, NH) 

Kyri Claflin.  Kyri is a French historian and retired professor. She is a member of Kent Street Coalition. (Concord, 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, Treasurer – 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, Secretary – 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)

Brian Rogers is currently the State Director for NextGen NH. Brian got his start in climate activism in 2011 while he was a student at Keene State College. He realized his love for #NHpolitics in the 2014 midterms when he began knocking doors for NextGen. Since then, he has served in multiple positions within NextGen, has worked for Climate Reality Project, and completed a 10 month term of service with Americorp in Long island, NY. Brian's deep passion for mobilizing young progressive voters is what gives him the energy to keep organizing every day.

Atlant Schmidt - Embedded and realtime software/firmware/hardware engineer and architect. Part owner, The Web Fixer. Software Architect at DEKA Research & Development  (Nashua, 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 since 2000. 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. 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.

Brian Beihl, Deputy Director

Brian Beihl recently rejoined Open Democracy after having worked with the organization's NH Rebellion project in 2015 & 2016 in the run-up to the primary, and culminating with the Democracy Spring walk in April 2016.   Since then, Brian has continued to volunteer in helping to organize the Granny D Memorial Walk, and in the past year has written the New Hampshire Democracy Report and produce the Open Democracy Minute, heard on WNHN in Concord and online.   Brian's primary role will be communications and managing the Voter-Owned Elections campaign.   Contact him at or by cell at (603) 620-8300.

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. 

Garrett Walker, Organizer

Garrett is a student at Southern New Hampshire University working toward a bachelor’s degree in social studies education. He has an associate’s degree at NHTI. In 2015 and 2016 he served as a member of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps at the Pacific Region Campus. He worked with Granite State Organizing Project to coordinate their Young Organizers United 2018 summer program.

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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