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 Manchester 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.