The New Hampshire Institute of Politics was founded on the premise that an educated citizenry is vital for a healthy democracy. Since its doors opened in 2001, the Institute has provided a nonpartisan forum for discussion and debate on all aspects of the American political process. Its mission is to educate, engage and empower citizens to participate in the civic and political life of their local, national and global communities.

The Institute offers unparalleled opportunities to be in the front row of a democratic process that impacts the world. State representatives, U.S. senators, primary candidates, and campaigners are regular visitors, especially during an election cycle. Citizens hear major policy speeches, high level candidate endorsements, interviews with global leaders, and much more. Nowhere else in northern New England are there so many opportunities to meet today's most prominent thinkers.

NHIOP Advisory Board:

Jeff Bartlett, President & General Manager, WMUR-TV
James Bender, Founder & CEO, Ping4 Inc.
Robert F. Bossie, Attorney, Bossie, Wilson & Strasburger, PLLC
Beverly Bruce, Beverly Bruce, former IBM Executive
Bradford Card, CEO, Card and Associates
James T. Carnevale, Strategic Development, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
James M. Demers, President & CEO, Demers, Blaisdell & Prasol, Inc.
Michael P. Dennehy, Partner, Dennehy & Bouley 
Paul Dooley, Vice President, Kimco Realty Corporation
Stephen Duprey, President, The Duprey Company, LLC
Judd Gregg, former U.S. Senator
Patrick Griffin, Founding Partner & CEO, Merrimack Potomac & Charles
Paul Hodes, Attorney, Shaheen & Gordon, PA, former U.S. Congressman
Eric Jostrom, Chairman and CIO, Ipswich Investment Management Co.
Stephen J. Kaneb, Vice President of Real Estate, HP Hood LLC
Pam Kocher, Managing Partner & CFO, Kocher & Co.
Neil Levesque, Executive Director, New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library
Frank McDougall, Retired VP of Government Relations, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Marie McKay, Managing Principal, Bigelow & Company
Jim Merrill, New Hampshire State Director, The Bernstein Shur Group
Joe Murray, Vice President of Public Affairs, Fidelity Investments
Charles Pollard, Retired
Tom Raffio, President & CEO Northeast Delta Dental
Thomas D. Rath, Founder, Rath,Young, and Pignatelli
Beth Roberts, Vice President, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England
Michael Salter, Founder, Veterans Count
Cathleen Schmidt, Executive Director & CEO, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton
Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer, C-SPAN
William Shaheen, Shareholder/Director, Shaheen Gordon, P.A.
Terry Shumaker, Attorney, Bernstein Shur Counselors at Law, former U.S. Ambassador
Richard Sigel, ‎Senior Advisor, McLane Middleton Government and Public Strategies
Michael J. Simchik, President, One Hundred Market Group
Deborah Sternberg, President, Starmount Life Insurance Co 
Christopher T. Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire
John Wilson, President and Partner, GoffWilson, P.A.

The work of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics is made possible in part by an award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce. We thank NIST for its generous support.