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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rocky Board Member Nathaniel Fick '99 Leads RLF Session



Nate Fick '99, the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), spoke with Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) on October 14th about decision making and leadership both as it relates to his experience in the military and as it applied to their lives as students. 

He began by explaining the difference between formal and informal authority, and why that difference is so critical for leaders to understand.  After tracing for fellows his path from the military to graduate school and finally to a Washington D.C. think tank he opened up the discussion for questions.  Fellows had questions on everything from current events and defense issues to how his time at Dartmouth shaped the person he is today. 

Fick stressed the value of understanding the substance of one's field as opposed to only the managerial side.  In addition, he encouraged the Fellows to make sure to bring the right people into organizations they may one day lead.  The session concluded with a decision making exercise in which Fellows had to solve a real life situation from his service in Iraq.

Nate Fick is a member of the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors.

-- Karen Doster '11

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Networking Workshop on October 28th at 7 PM

One of the skills that young alums and students returning from internships always mention as being beneficial is networking.  Career Services is hosting a workshop that we wanted to share.  See below for the information.

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Be confident and ready to network with alumni (even during Homecoming) and others.......

NETWORKING WORKSHOP with JOSH WEXLER '08
OCT 28 (Thur) - 7 PM
HALDEMAN 041

*** R.S.V.P. TO CAREER SERVICES ***

Join Josh Wexler '08 as he speaks about his successful networking experiences as a student and presents LEARN, an innovative model intended to transform the way you practice networking.

By attending this workshop you will:
  • Learn why networking is so critical to success
  • Understand the LEARN model and begin using it
  • Take away key actionable strategies to improve your networking ability and achieve what you want
Upon graduating, Josh joined Deloitte Consulting and worked as an expert on social media and Enterprise 2.0. Josh recently founded Occom Group LLC, a consulting firm designed to assist businesses in collaboration and communication.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Matthew Mosk '92 Leads RLF Session on “Speaking Truth to Power: Leaders and the Media”


As a reporter for ABC News, Matthew Mosk '92 knows a thing or two about asking important leaders tough questions.  At the October 7th Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) session,  Mosk discussed the role of the media in holding leaders accountable for their actions (or inaction in certain cases).  He began by airing a clip of an investigative report from Dateline to show the difficult situation that arises when a leader is put on the spot to explain their behavior.  Fellows discussed what the individual in question did well, and highlighted areas of improvement.  According to Mosk, good relationships with reporters are incredibly valuable to leaders in the public eye.  He warned against the false notion of many leaders that we must always be at odds with the press.  The session concluded with a Q&A period during which Fellows asked Mosk questions ranging from the differences between print and television news to his take on the hot stories of the day.

-- Karen Doster '11

Monday, October 25, 2010

MLDP Students Develop Personal Narratives with Kate Hilton '99

The topic for the October 12th Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) session was finding and using your personal narrative. Kate Hilton, a lawyer and consultant at Harvard University, and a Dartmouth ’99 introduced the topic to the group by sharing her own personal narrative and asking the students to be open to developing their own. Each student in the room had the opportunity to think of their own personal narrative and to dictate this narrative to three other students within the program. They each then received feedback to learn how to improve their narrative, and were given the opportunity to say their newly polished narrative.

A major point that Ms. Hilton addressed to students was the emphasis to use emotions based on your values to get an action out of your audience. She explained to the group that, “It isn’t until we feel really moved to do something, that we act.” She wanted the group to realize that the purpose of a personal narrative is not to simply stir conversation, it is meant to get people to do something for the better good of the community. One student in a reflection said, “I learned that there is an intentional structure to the personal narrative to motivate people.”

Ms. Hilton also helped to illustrate what prohibits people from acting and techniques in the personal narrative to get past such inhibitors. She described how there are certain emotions we should try to convey, such as hope or urgency to get people to respond to our narratives. She explained that this emotion comes from our ability to allow the audience to imagine what we are saying, “It’s in the images [of a speech] that you feel something, because you could picture it.” This ability to evoke images along with linking your narrative to an action or purpose were the main takeaways student’s came away with from this week’s session.

--Troy Dildene '13

Friday, October 22, 2010

Native American Political Leadership Program, Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute, Charles Group Positions and more!

Several organizations, on campus and off, send us information to share about a variety of opportunities for students (and in some cases, also alums).  We'll do a round up of those opportunities on a regular basis. 


Please be sure to let us know if you know of an opportunity to add to the list!  Thanks.


  1. The Native American Political Leadership Program Deadline at George Washington University for Spring 2011 has been EXTENDED to NOVEMBER 15th.  Study in Washington, DC for a semester, on FULL-SCHOLARSHIP!  Information about the application process can be found on their website:  http://www.naplp.gwu.edu/
  2. The Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley will host the 30th Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute in the summer of 2011! They are now accepting applications for the 2011 PPIA Program. The application deadline is *November 1, 2010*.  For the application materials and to apply, visit:  http://ppiaprogram.org/app/.
  3. Blue Engine, an education nonprofit that advances academic achievement and equity in high-need New York City public high schools through the Blue Engine Fellows - is staffing a full-time teaching assistant corps. These Blue Engine Fellows conduct small group tutorials alongside experienced classroom teachers to help entire grade levels make dramatic progress in core coursework. They are currently recruiting seniors and recent college graduates to dedicate a year of service as Blue Engine Fellows, beginning in August 2011.  Deadlines in February and April 2011.
  4. The Charles Group, founded by Dartmouth Alum Bobby Charles, is always looking for good candidates for internships.  See the listing hereThey also have an opening for a staff position!  Other Dartmouth alums on staff include Ben Bawden and Aimee Moon.
  5. Dartmouth Centers Forum Speak Out | Listen Up! Request for Proposals - Deadline is November 1, 2010.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Poverty and Education: Following Up on Last Night's Forum

Last evening, Professor Jay Davis and I spoke with a group of about 50 students at the Rockefeller Center in a forum on education sponsored by the NAACP chapter at Dartmouth. Professor Davis is both an instructor in the Education Department and the Executive Director for the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program through the Tucker Foundation.

I'd like to thank the students who attended for being able to conduct such a candid, thoughtful, and respectful discussion of race, income, and education. In this post, I'd like to summarize some of my recommendations for the students and provide some links to other reading.

In my prepared remarks to open the discussion, I talked about the challenges of local finance in most education systems. To learn more, consider reading my colleague Bill Fischel's Homevoter Hypothesis, which is a text that I use in my local public policy course, PBPL 48, in the winter term. While local finance systems have problems, Bill shows quite clearly that school finance centralization schemes have had dubious results, at best.

In response to some questions about how to "fix" our education systems, I noted that I think much of the challenges we face are the result of the poor way in which we teach reading to young children, particularly those who do not have a home environment that sets them up for success when they enter formal schooling. I think that E.D. Hirsch's The Knowledge Deficit is one of the most persuasive books ever written on the subject. In his own words:
Once children learn how to decode the printed word accurately and fluently, the main reason they do not read as well as they should is that they do not know as much as they should about the various things the printed words refer to.
So according to Hirsch, the key to better reading, itself a gateway to most other knowledge, is a strong emphasis on building specific background knowledge on a wide range of subjects.

Discussions about inequality in just about any form run the risk of misinterpretation and offense. This article in Sunday's New York Times shows that this has been true of scholars and policy makers over the past several decades. Discussing the way a "Culture of Poverty" is making a comeback in these circles, it begins:
For more than 40 years, social scientists investigating the causes of poverty have tended to treat cultural explanations like Lord Voldemort: That Which Must Not Be Named.

The reticence was a legacy of the ugly battles that erupted after Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then an assistant labor secretary in the Johnson administration, introduced the idea of a “culture of poverty” to the public in a startling 1965 report. Although Moynihan didn’t coin the phrase (that distinction belongs to the anthropologist Oscar Lewis), his description of the urban black family as caught in an inescapable “tangle of pathology” of unmarried mothers and welfare dependency was seen as attributing self-perpetuating moral deficiencies to black people, as if blaming them for their own misfortune.
The students themselves provided excellent examples of the new ways in which these discussions are happening. I think they recognize that the stakes are too high to let the opportunity for productive discussion and research to pass by.

Next up for the Rockefeller Center is a public lecture by Professor Leah Platt Boustan of UCLA on "Black Migration and the Transformation of Northern Cities in the 20th Century." The lecture will be in Rockefeller 3 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20. I hope to see you there.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Want to get involved with the Policy Research Shop?

Rocky's Policy Research Shop (PRS) has made headlines lately with the announcement of a new $750,000 federal grant.  Here's how you can get started:
  • Enroll in PBPL 5, which is only offered in the winter term
  • Then, you will be able to enroll in PBPL 45 (state level projects) in the fall or PBPL 48 (local level projects) in the winter.
  • After the pre-requisite coursework is complete, you may be invited to work in the PRS during a future term.  You can receive course credit (PBPL 91) or be paid an hourly wage for your work.
You can see syllabi for the courses mentioned above, review past policy briefs produced by the PRS, and contact Professor Ronald Shaiko with any further questions.

If you are a state legislator in New Hampshire or Vermont:

Students who participate in the PRS are committed to providing accurate research that responds to the needs of elected policymakers and their legislative staff throughout the year. Our researchers examine emerging issues of concern that are relevant to legislative discussions in both New Hampshire and Vermont. These topics are selected through a consultative process with policy stakeholders. We make every effort to include policy experts from both states in this process.

The PRS typically produces reports with opportunities for follow-up research upon request. Our goal is to provide useful information in a clear format, and to deliver this information in a timely manner so that it is useful during legislative deliberation. If you are interested in working with our students on a policy research project this year, we would be delighted to discuss it with you. Our students will work hard to bring their research skills to assist your committee in meeting its policy needs.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rocky Media Mentions - Weeks of October 3 & October 10, 2010

Just in case you missed them, here's a compiled list of media mentions related to The Rockefeller Center from the preceding two weeks.  We've listed mentions of the Center itself, our programs & events, staff, students, alums, and faculty affiliated with the Center that we are aware of.
If you know of an article or link that we've missed, please leave a comment and we will gladly update.

Week of October 3, 2010:

Week of October 10, 2010:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Policy Research Shop Receives $750,000 Federal Grant

We are excited to share that the Policy Research Shop (PRS) has been awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to continue doing what it does best: helping undergraduates apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world of public policymaking.

You can read more of the announcement at Dartmouth Now.

Two New Hampshire State Legislators Visit PBPL 45 Class

State Senator Matthew Houde ‘91 and State Representative Laurie Harding discuss the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate with students in PBPL 45 on October 14, 2010. 
On October 14, 2010 State Senator Matthew Houde and State Representative Laurie Harding met with students in Professor Ron Shaiko’s PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class.  Senator Houde and Representative Harding discussed the legislative process in Concord as well as the unique characteristics of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate. The two legislators also discussed the major issues before the legislature this year and the upcoming elections. 

Rep. Harding discussed several of the Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop projects undertaken for various legislative committees in the New Hampshire House of Representatives including: biomass boilers, funding for state parks, and mental health parity.  She also discussed the issue of casino gambling and the role of the PRS students in providing information on the social costs of gambling to the Gaming Study Commission, formed by Governor Lynch.

Senator Houde is a member of the Dartmouth Class of 1991.

NH Executive Councilor Ray Burton and Grafton County Commissioner Mike Cryans Visit PBPL 45 Class

On Thursday evening, October 7, Ray Burton, one of five members of the New Hampshire Executive Council, and Mike Cryans, one of three members of the Grafton County Commission, met with students in Professor Ron Shaiko’s PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class over dinner to discuss the unique characteristics of New Hampshire state, county, and local governments.  New Hampshire is unique in its establishment of the Executive Council or Governor’s Council.  The state does not have a lieutenant governor; rather it has a five-member council with powers far greater than those of lieutenant governors in other states.  Dating back to 1679 the Council was adapted from the privy council model in place under the British monarchy at that time.


NH Executive Councilor Ray Burton addresses the PBPL 45 Introduction to Public Policy Research class on Thursday, October 7, 2010.

Mr. Burton explained to the students the many responsibilities vested in the Executive Council.  All state departments and agencies must seek approval of receipts and expenditures of state and federal funds, budgetary transfers within the departments and all contracts with a value of $5,000 or more.  With a biennial state budget of more than $11 billion, this task involves the approval of thousands of expenditures, transfers, and contracts.  The Council also has appointment and removal power for executive branch positions, state commissioners, and regulatory board members as well as the approval of all state judicial appointments. 

In addition to his duties as Executive Councilor at the state level, Ray Burton also serves with Mike Cryans as Grafton County Commissioner.  Burton and Cryans discussed with the students the unique nature of county government in New Hampshire.  The three-member, elected commission, along with the appointed County Executive Director, manage the operations of county government.  However, the elected state legislative delegation representing Grafton County in Concord, plays a significant role in creating the county budget for the Commission to administer. 

Students questioned Burton and Cryans about the interactions between state, county, and local governments as well as on the current tax structure of the state.  They also asked about the realities of running for office in New Hampshire.  



Slides Now Available from Jeffrey Sachs Public Program

The Rockefeller Center was pleased to present the talk "“Ending Poverty in Our Generation: Still Time if We Try” with Jeffrey Sachs on Wednesday, October 13, 2010.  More than 450 people filled the main lecture hall and several overflow seating areas for the public program.  You can read more about the event in this article published in The Dartmouth.

Sachs encouraged targeted investments to help communities escape the poverty trap.  The following slides were part of his presentation, and have been made available with the speaker's permission.  Sachs closed his remarks with a quote from John F. Kennedy's 1963 speech at American University that can be found here.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Julie Kalish '91 Leads Session of Fall 2010 MLDP

Last week, the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) welcomed Professor Julie Kalish ’91, Vermont attorney and lecturer in both Dartmouth's Institute for Writing and Rhetoric and Vermont Law School's Legal Writing Department. Professor Kalish began the session with surveys of employers and recent graduates that all stressed the importance of strong communication and writing skills in the workplace. Throughout Professor Kalish’s presentation, the participants learned how they might develop these valuable skills by embracing the “universals” of good writing: clarity, concision, and correctness.

MLDP participants utilized these rules both collectively and within their respective small groups in order to analyze real-life examples of workplace communications and to understand that individuals may draw a myriad of assumptions, good and bad, from one, three-line message. By the end of the evening, participants were carefully crafting and sharing their own written responses to an array of real workplace scenarios. With great thanks to Prof. Kalish, the participants took away the lesson to value each and every message they write as if it may reach the highest levels of management in their workplace.

-- Julius Bedford '12

Rocky Leadership Fellows Dedicate a Weekend to Program Retreat


The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows retreat was held at Lake Morey Resort on October 1 - 3, 2010.  The weekend kicked off on Friday night with a session led by renowned vocal trainer, Dr. Susan Miller.  An integral part of Dr. Miller's workshop was the self-assessment that Fellows completed prior to the retreat.  Already thinking about their strengths and weaknesses as public speakers, the Fellows had five minutes to each prepare a one minute speech on a topic of their choice.  Themes covered everything from athletics to the environment to philosophy, and Dr. Miller was excited to provide individual advice on areas of improvement.  After the session Fellows gathered for a social hour and an exciting talent showcase.

Saturday morning opened with presentations in pairs on the ideas presented in Leadership on the Line.  Fellows presented the main concepts and examples of the text, while their peers recorded feedback on their delivery and presentation.  Next up for the group was Harvard Kennedy School Professor Brian Mandell.  Mandell opened his session on negotiation by defining for Fellows that negotiation is "the art of letting other people have it your way."  Intense small-group discussions drawn from a real life scenario taught Fellows about their own negotiation styles and about some of the pitfalls of group conflict.

After lunch Fellows put to use their insight gleaned in previous sessions during a realistic simulation of a multi-party negotiation.  The exercise was based on the proposal of Seeport, a fictional company, to develop a port on the coast of our state.  Fellows represented a variety of interest groups ranging from the environmental lobby to the union to various government actors.  After strategizing with colleagues they entered into negotiations lasting nearly two hours.  In the end, although not every actor was fully satisfied with the outcome, Fellows had a better understanding of the art of negotiation.  Conversations from the highly effective workshop carried over well into dinner.  The retreat concluded with another talent show and time for much deserved relaxation.  Fellows and presenters alike left Lake Morey the next morning with fond memories and invaluable lessons on public speaking, negotiation, and leadership!

-- Karen Doster '11

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Reinventing the University

On Monday, October 4, Sadhana Hall, the Center's Deputy Director, and I attended a fascinating conference sponsored by the New England Board of Higher Education and hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The subject of the conference was "Reinventing the University: New Models & Innovations for 21st Century Realities." You can find the program and some of the slides from the presentations here.

The common theme of the sessions was that in order to educate the future workforce to be as productive as possible, all educational institutions are going to have find ways to become more productive -- to educate more students and to educate them better, all without the promise of additional resources.

For me, the highlight of the conference was the keynote address by Michael Crow, the president of Arizona State University. The work he is doing is impressive and inspiring -- well ahead of the rest of us in doing more with less. You can read and see the progress here. You can hear his description in the podcast of his address, which you can download here.

Enjoy!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rockefeller Center Director Appointed to Newly Established Dartmouth Endowed Chair in Economics

Sandra and Arthur Irving A’72, P’10 Professorship of Economics

Professor of Economics Andrew A. Samwick is currently in his seventh year as director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth. He studies financial markets, managerial behavior, pensions and social security, saving, and taxation. Samwick’s current research focuses on household saving behavior in the presence of the multiple motives for saving that take place over a household's life cycle.

In recognition of Arthur and Sandra Irving’s generous support of the Undergraduate Business Initiative, the College created the professorship in their name to recognize and reward a member of the faculty whose teaching is true to the highest standards of Dartmouth’s educational mission and whose scholarship has contributed significantly to the advancement of interdisciplinary knowledge.  Read more...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

PoliTALK hosts Midterm Madness 2010 Election Bracket; Guest Speaker Indur Goklany October 7th

PoliTALK is one of four student-led discussion groups that the Rockefeller Center supports.  For the first PoliTALK meeting of the fall term on September 30th, the PoliTALK team tried something completely new. Paying homage to basketball's March Madness and many political pundits favorite pastime -  prognosticating - PoliTALK established the Midterm Madness 2010 Election Bracket. Students picked winners in a large number of competitive senate races and predicted the composition of the House and Senate for the 112th Congress. After the midterm elections PoliTALK will host a post-election analysis discussion group, where we will award a prize to the best political prophet in the group!


On Thursday, October 7th, PoliTALK will be hosting a special guest speaker, Indur Gaklany, for their 6:30 PM meeting.   Mr. Goklany will be giving a lecture,  "The Improving State of the World", in 001 Rockefeller Center at 4:30 PM, and then join PoliTALK for a dinner discussion at 6:30 PM.

- Mason Cole '13 and Ben Schifberg '13, PoliTALK Discussion Leaders

"The Improving State of the World"

Pollution. Disease. Poverty. Population growth.
Think we're destroying ourselves and the planet?

Here's another perspective.
Things might actually be getting better.

In this talk, Indur Goklany will discuss empirical trends in human well-being from the Industrial Revolution onward, why these improvements occurred and how continued progress is possible.

THURSDAY, October 7
1 Rockefeller Hall
4:30pm


A reception catered by Murphy's will be held outside Rocky 1 at 4:15pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the speaker, ask questions, and eat some delicious food before the event begins. Additionally, PoliTALK will be hosting a dinner discussion with Mr. Goklany following his lecture.

This event is cosponsored by the Dartmouth Libertarians, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and PoliTALK.
Indur M. Goklany is an independent scholar whose work examines the interrelationships among globalization, economic development, human well-being, environmental quality, and technological change. Over a career spanning more than 35 years in government, think tanks and the private sector, Goklany has helped pioneer innovative environmental policy ideas, including emissions trading, habitat and biodiversity conservation through increased productivity and efficiency of land and water use, and boosting the adaptive capacity and resilience of developing countries against climate change through sustainable economic development, technological change, and trade. He has been associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since its inception in 1988 as an author, expert reviewer, and U.S. delegate. His books include The Precautionary Principle: A Critical Appraisal of Environmental Risk Assessment; Clearing the Air: The Real Story of the War on Air Pollution; and, most recently, The Improving State of the World: Why We're Living Longer, Healthier, More Comfortable Lives on a Cleaner Planet. He was also the recipient of the 2007 Julian Simon Prize.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rocky Media Mentions - Week of September 26, 2010

Just in case you missed them, here's a compiled list of media mentions related to The Rockefeller Center from the preceding week.  We've listed mentions of the Center itself, our programs & events, staff, students, alums, and faculty affiliated with the Center.

If you know of an article or link that we've missed, please leave a comment and we will update.

Week of September 26, 2010:

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Recent Faculty Workshops and Research Grant Presentations

The Rockefeller Center, in addition to offering curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students, also supports faculty in the social sciences and public policy with an array of programs.  You can read more about these faculty opportunities at the Center's web site



On Thursday, September 23, 2010, Dr. Astri Syse, Norwegian Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Dartmouth this year in Sociology and at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, presented "Life After Cancer in Norway - 'Highlights' from a Registry-Based Study".  Health Policy Faculty Workshops are a collaboration between The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  Learn more about the Rockefeller Center's Faculty Workshops.


On Friday, September 24, 2010, Dr. Sharlene Mollett, Assistant Professor of Geography, gave a presentation on "Mapping Conundrums: The Politics of Mapping Indigenous and Afro-indigenous Space in Honduras". This presentation was in fulfillment of her most recent Rockefeller Center faculty research grant. Learn more about the Center's Faculty Research Funding opportunities.

Management and Leadership Development Program Begins Fall 2010 Term


Fall 2010 MLDP Participants before their first session: 
“What Makes A Good Leader? Vision, Confidence, Training and Commitment”

The Rockefeller Center's Management & Leadership Development Program (MLDP) welcomed Dr. Betsy Winslow, Associate Director of the MBA Program at the Tuck School of Business and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business Administration, for its first session of the Fall 2010 term. During the interactive presentation, Dr. Winslow challenged MLDP participants to consider different styles of effective leadership as they shared personal anecdotes demonstrating their unique leadership experience with the whole group and in small groups.

Throughout the session, Dr. Winslow provided students with theory-based knowledge to 1) assess situations, 2) assess the people in those situations, and 3) assess themselves in order to decide on an effective style of leadership and course of action. The participants embraced Dr. Winslow’s emphasis on being a self-aware, adaptable leader.

-- Julius Bedford ‘12

Friday, October 1, 2010

New Hampshire Budget Panel at Dartmouth - October 5, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Please join The Rockefeller Center and the Granite State Fair Tax Coalition at the upcoming New Hampshire Budget Panel.  The Panel, “Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is: New Hampshire's Priorities and Budget”, will take place on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 4:30 PM in 3 Rockefeller Center, on the Dartmouth campus in Hanover, NH.

The panel moderator, Richard Winters, is the Remsen Professor of Government at Dartmouth College.  Panelists will include:
  • Merilynn Bourne, Executive Director of Listen Community Services
  • Steve Norton, Executive Director, NH Center for Public Policy Studies
  • Brian Walsh, Chairman, Hanover Board of Selectmen
 
Merilynn Bourne has been the Executive Director of Listen Community Services since 2000. Listen is a private non-profit service agency located in Lebanon, NH. Listen provides services and support to meet the critical needs of Upper Valley NH & VT individuals and families. Programs include rent and fuel assistance, Community Dinners, food pantry, budget counseling, teen life skills counseling and summer camp scholarships. Listen operates 4 area thrift stores which provide the agency with 80% of its annual funding needs.  Merilynn is a founding board member of MORE THAN WHEELS, a non-profit car loan and counseling agency and she is a member of the Upper Valley Nonprofit Roundtable. She served 4 years on the advisory board of The Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship at the Tuck School and was a board member for Twin Pines Housing Trust. Merilynn has lived in Cornish, NH since 1971 and served as Selectwoman from 2004 to 2010. She has also served on the Cornish Planning Board, PTO and Fair Association. Three of her four children live here in the Upper Valley with their families.
 
Steve Norton is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, a private non-profit think-tank providing an unbiased source of fact-based information helping define major policy issues and offering innovative approaches to support resolution of those issues. The Center focuses on a variety of topics including state revenues and expenditures, corrections policy, health care finance, education quality and finance, data access and quality, local government finance, and data access and quality.  Prior to his current work, Steve focused much of his career on studying and managing the provision of social services. Between 1998 and 2005, Steve worked for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services in a variety of capacities, including as director of the State’s Medicaid program from 2003-2005. From 1990 to 1998, Steve worked as a Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington DC where he conducted health services research and published extensively on a variety of topics.  Steve lives in Concord, NH with his wife and their two children. He is an amateur triathlete and has coached high school Nordic skiing. He currently serves on the Concord Zoning Board, and on the Boards of the Maine Health Information Center, the NH Center for Non-Profits, and on the advisory council for the New England Public Policy Center.
 
Brian Walsh is Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in Hanover, New Hampshire and a Director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. Previously, he was a founder and original CEO of three successful technology start-ups. He has also served on the Planning Board in Hanover, and numerous boards  of private companies. Currently, Brian is Director of Americans for Campaign Reform and on the Advisory Board of the Upper Valley Region of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. As an artist, through his watercolor paintings, Brian seeks to portray the beauty of our earth’s special times and places: ten percent of  he proceeds from the sale of his works is donated to non-profit organizations working to protect the environment. Brian lives in Hanover with his wife Linda Patchett. Their five children have grown and fled the nest.
 
Richard F. Winters is the William Clinton Story Remsen Class of 1943 Professor of Government at Dartmouth. Winters received his B.A. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, his M.A. for the University of Hawaii, and his 1972 Ph.D. from Stanford University.  Professor Winters was hired as an Instructor of Government at Dartmouth College in 1969 and has been on the faculty since that time.  He served as chair of the Department of Government at Dartmouth in 1982, again from 1989-1991, and a third term from July of 1999 until July of 2002. From 1986 to 1989, Winters served as Acting Director and Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences at Dartmouth. He has served on several committees of the American Political Science Association. He also served a term as president of the section on State Politics and Policy, one of thirty organized sections of the American Political Science Association.  Professor Winters’ special fields of interest are American state politics, American political economy, social welfare politics, and the politics of the budgetary process. He is co-author of How America Is Ruled and his articles have appeared in various books of collected readings, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Quarterly, Journal of Politics, and Polity.