Co-chair Rick Bourdon, 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. He and his wife, Lucie, raised four children there before returning to New England in 2004, settling in Lyme, N.H. Rick's interest in campaign finance was sparked by a 2011 presentation by Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig. He joined the board of the New Hampshire Rebellion. Besides his work on campaign finance and occasional forays west to see kids and grandkids, Rick keeps busy with skiing, sculling, tennis, birding, and a variety of responsibilities with Hanover Friends Meeting.
Co-chair Steve Varnum of Concord left journalism after 25 years with the goal of helping make the world a better place. Since then, he has been Public Policy Director of the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire helping create better laws, budgets and policies for children. As Director of PrioritiesNH, a political issue campaign, he educated voters about our misguided federal budget priorities. He's a former board chair of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a national leader in its field, and volunteers for the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. He is currently Director of Communication and Marketing for the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, an innovative nonprofit that uses loans and education to help low-income people and communities create and preserve affordable housing, quality child care and good jobs.
Secretary Karen Ladd teaches art at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, NH. She holds a M.Ed. in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University and a B.A. in Art Education from St. Lawrence University. She is currently the secretary of the Open Democracy Action Board. Additionally, Karen is the Vice President and Membership Coordinator of the Sanborn Regional Education Association, but has also served as President and Chief Negotiator, amongst other roles. She is in her first term on the National Education Association-NH State Executive Board, where she is on the Membership and Communications Committees. Karen can often be found hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing in Pawtuckaway State Park, traveling to Europe and around New England, or throwing pots in her art classroom; she lives in Manchester.
Treasurer Jean Lightfoot lives in Contoocook. She is retired and has been working in politics from the time she was in college. She is a New Hampshire native, and, most recently, has worked with the New Hampshire Rebellion and the American Friends Service Committee in their Governing Under the Influence project in 2016. She believes that until something is done to curtail the influence of big money in our political system, nothing else will change. It is daunting, but she thinks we can’t give up and must start somewhere. She has spent much of her time in 2017 observing committee hearings and full sessions related to our priority bills before the legislature.
Liz Lattimore Iacobucci has served in government at the federal, state and municipal levels; and she has worked for both Democratic and Republican politicians. She is the former Public Information Officer for the State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire, SEIU Local 1984, and now blogs for NH Labor News.