Governor-Elect Hassan Announces Transition Outreach Teams on Budget, Office Administration, Business Needs

The Office of Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan

Teams Will Reach Out Across New Hampshire for Input on Ideas, Priorities for Building More Innovative Economy

CONCORD – Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan today announced members of three of her transition’s Innovation Outreach Teams, who will assist in her efforts to reach out to people across the state for input on key issues as she works to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget and implement her innovation plan. The teams announced today will focus on the state Budget, Business Outreach and Office Administration, with additional teams to be announced later in the week.

“We move forward best as a state when we bring as many different perspectives to the table as possible to identify solutions to our challenges,” said Governor-Elect Hassan. “My Transition Outreach Teams will communicate with businesses, community leaders, legislators and all those who want to contribute their ideas as we work to develop a balanced budget and build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire economy. I thank these dedicated Granite Staters for their willingness to participate in our transition process.”

Hassan’s Business Outreach Team will solicit input and priorities from New Hampshire’s business community on their workforce needs and ideas for encouraging innovation. The Business Outreach team consists of Hassan Transition Co-Chair and former Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) Commissioner Sean O'Kane; Former DRED Commissioner George Bald; Executive Director of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership Zenagui Brahim; and Gray Chynoweth, COO of Dyn, an innovative internet services company in Manchester.

Her Budget Transition Outreach Team will be led by former state Senator Kathy Sgambati, a transition co-chair and former Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services; John Beardmore, Director of Administration for the Department of Safety and Budget Director for Governor John Lynch; John Wallace, a retired Associate Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services; and Joseph Bouchard, the Assistant Commissioner of Administrative Services. The team will help identify the budget priorities of communities throughout the state in order to assist Hassan in developing a fiscally responsible balanced budget by February 15th.

And Hassan’s Office Administration team will provide support and counsel as the Governor-Elect builds her administration’s staff.  The team consists of Alice Chamberlin, former Special Assistant to Governor Lynch for natural resources, energy and transportation policy; Jennifer Frizzell, former Senate Policy Director and adviser to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; Steve Gordon, an attorney and director at Shaheen & Gordon; and Michael Vlacich, former Director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and state director for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan will bring people together to keep New Hampshire moving forward by focusing on innovation, fiscal responsibility and common-sense solutions to our challenges. Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the state to listen to their ideas on moving New Hampshire forward.