Team & Leaders

Based in Concord, New Hampshire, the NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy and works closely with reform-minded citizens and groups on from across the political spectrum to stop to stop the corrupting influence of big-money in politics.

NH Rebellion is supported by many leading civic and business leaders from across the political spectrum in order to restore political equality for all and an open, honest, and trusted government "of, by, and for the people," free from the corruption of big-money politics. Leaders write letters and op-eds; conduct interviews and candidate conversations; hold house parties and special events; speak at Rotaries, libraries, and town halls.

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Olivia Zink  Executive Director, Open Democracy  

Olivia has been working as a community organizer in New Hampshire for the last sixteen years with great success in a variety of roles. Before becoming OD's Executive Director, she served as the Grassroots Engagement Coordinator for the Governing Under the Influence Project in Concord, a project of the American Friends Service Committee.

Prior to that Olivia served as the Program Director for the Coalition for Open Democracy for four years. She has worked on a broad range of campaigns for economic and social justice with groups including the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare and the Priorities NH Campaign.

Olivia also spent a year in Bolivia working with the Democracy Center. In 2008, she was named one of New Hampshire’s “40 under 40,” by the NH Union Leader. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Sustainable Living, and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a master’s degree in Community Economic Development.

Olivia lives in Franklin with her daughter and is serving on the Franklin City Council.


Doreen Desmarais, Administrator, Open Democracy 

Doreen has more than 30 years experience in office administration, serving the non-profit, educational, labor union and for profit sectors. She has been the Administrative Assistant to the NH School Principals Association and currently manages administration, finance, and event planning for Open Democracy in Concord. In her free time Doreen enjoys gardening, volunteering and spending time with her family and pets.


Open Democracy Board


Jane Armstrong – past President of the League of Women Voters of NH; represented the League on New Hampshire’s public funding coalitions since 1997 (New London, NH)

Ken Barnes - is an attorney who has provided legal services to individuals, families, and children, as well as to small businesses, towns and federal agencies. (Concord, NH)

Rick Bourdon, Co-Chair – 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; keeps busy with skiing, sculling, tennis, birding, and a variety of responsibilities with Hanover Friends Meeting (Lyme, NH)

Peg Fargo, Co-Chair – 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 (Bow, NH)

Don Jorgensen – retired businessman, 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 (Manchester, NH)

Bob Perry – retired Court Reporter for NH Superior Court; member of the Board of Trustees at the Rochester Opera House; as a state Representative, served on the House Election Law Committee and the Citizen-Funded Election Task Force (Strafford, NH)

Athena Valkanos – graduate student at the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)

Steve Varnum – former journalist, currently Director of Communication and Marketing for the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (Manchester, NH)


Open Democracy Advisory Board


Dan Weeks, Chair – co-owner of ReVision Energy; former (and founding) Executive Director of Open Democracy

John Broderick – former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court; Executive Director of the Rudman Center at University of New Hampshire Law School

Brad Cook – partner and past President of Sheehan Phinney Law Firm; Chair of the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission

Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger – Chair of the Global Citizens Circle; University Professor of Ethics and Civic Engagement at Southern New Hampshire University

Lew Feldstein – past President of the NH Charitable Foundation; co-author of Better Together: Restoring the American Community

Bill Gillett – Dean of Southern New Hampshire University School of Business; Past President of RiverStone Resources

Paul Hodes – former member of Congress (D-NH); attorney; member, National Council on the Arts; founder of the Economic Innovation Institute

Robert R. Lucic – Chair of Litigation Department for Sheehan Finney; Chair, Lex Mundi North American Environmental Practice Group

Joe Magruder – former News Editor, Associated Press of New Hampshire

Eric MacLeish – attorney; Chairman Emeritus of the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund

Bruce Mallory – Director of New Hampshire Listens; former Provost of the University of New Hampshire

Bess Mosley – Seacoast Republican Women's Club

Lillye Ramos Spooner – Director of Operations for Greater Manchester AIDS Project; former member of the NH Commission on the Status of Women

Stephen Reno – Executive Director of Leadership New Hampshire; former Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire

John Rauh – former President of Americans for Campaign Reform, now part of Issue One; former Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate

Jim Rubens – entrepreneur; former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate; former New Hampshire state Senator

Carol Shea-Porter - former member of the United States House of Representatives for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district. She held the seat from 2007 to 2011, 2013 to 2015, and from 2017 to 2019.

Betty Tamposi, former Assistant Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush; as a state Representative, was Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee; former member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Hampshire (New Castle, NH)

Peter Vandermark – retired professor, Boston University


** Affiliations listed for identification purposes only. Board and Advisory Board members serve in their individual capacities.