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 and Secretary 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.


Treasurer Peg Fargo is a 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.  Peg lives in Bow, NH and also serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Coalition for Open Democracy.



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.   

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