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)
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)
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)
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)
** Affiliations listed for identification purposes only. Board members serve in their individual capacities.
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.
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. He was part of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. He worked with Granite State Organizing Project to coordinate their Young Organizers United 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
Jazmine Langley, Democracy Fellow, Summer 2016
Ian Duffee, 2015
SUNY Geneseo (Democracy Matters)
James Giles, 2015
Taisuke Iwasaki, 2015
New England College
Kimberly Manriquez, 2015
Humboldt University (Democracy Matters)
Colin McCarty, 2015
Colgate College (Democracy Matters)
Emma Stein, 2015