Who we are

Co-Chair Rob Werner has served as a City Councilor in Concord, NH since his election in 2006 and chairs the Energy and Environment Advisory Committee.   In addition to serving the city of Concord, Rob also serves as the New Hampshire State Director for the League of Conservation Voters, a national advocacy organization that works to turn environmental values into national, state, and local priorities. Rob formerly served as the National Field Director of Americans for Campaign Reform. A public policy analyst and advocate, Rob has organized successful advocacy and legislative campaigns for the American Heart Association, Smoke-Free NH Alliance, and the American Cancer Society. Active in the Greater Concord, NH Chamber of Commerce, Rob serves on both the State and the Local Government Affairs Committees. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Franklin Pierce University. 

Co-Chair Bob Perry is retired Court Reporter for NH Superior Court; member of the Board of Trustees at the Rochester Opera House.  As a state Representative, Bob served on the House Election Law Committee and the Citizen-Funded Election Task Force.  Bob also serves as Secretary on the Board of Coalition for Open Democracy. He currently resides in Strafford, NH.


Don Jorgensen is retired businessman who has 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 and Treasurer of the Board of Coalition for Open Democracy.



Arnie Alpert is co-director of the American Friends Service Committee's New Hampshire Program, where he has worked alongside Open Democracy for years.  During the legislative season, he co-publishes the weekly "State House Watch" newsletter and co-hosts the "State House Watch" radio show on WNHN-LP.  During the last NH Primary campaign, Arnie led AFSC's "Governing Under the Influence" project, which called attention to the undue influence of corporations on issues such as nuclear arms production and for-profit incarceration.   

Secretary Gail Brown, JD, MSW, is the Director of the NH Oral Health Coalition.  She brings a health, oral health, and social justice background working with individuals and families in communities and health facilities.  Trained as a graduate social worker and an attorney, Brown is an active advocate for health and service access, consumer empowerment, equitable systems change.  Oral Health Coalition Steering Committee, members, community, and policy-makers to advance oral health statewide and across the lifespan.  Additionally, Brown is a member of the national Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN), serving on their National Oral Health Connection Team and Advisory Committee. She serves as a steering committee member for the Alliance for Healthy Aging and is on the Board of the American Network of Oral Health Coalitions. 


Treasurer Gordon Allen  has served on many non-profit boards in New Hampshire, as well as teaching economics.  He was also Executive Director of the Monadnock Workshop in Peterborough.  Gordon also serves as the Founding Chair of WNHN-FM and on the Board of Coalition for Open Democracy.

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  • Steven Varnum
    published this page in About 2017-04-08 18:49:12 -0400