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Sarah Koski Joins Cornerstone as Political Director 

Cornerstone Action

Cornerstone Welcomes Sarah Koski as Political Director


Sarah Koski has joined Cornerstone Policy Research and Cornerstone Action as Political Director, in charge of legislative advocacy. She previously served as field director for the Unlocking Potential Project.
"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to serve New Hampshire families through Cornerstone's family first platform and legislative priorities," she says. "I look forward to encouraging and promoting an environment within our state that allows families to thrive."

"We are extremely excited to have Sarah on board," says Cornerstone Executive Director Bryan McCormack.  "Not only is she brilliantly articulate but is a dedicated champion for family values. We are ecstatic to welcome her to the Cornerstone team."
Koski is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College and lives in southern New Hampshire. She will work closely with the Executive Director and with Education Liaison Ann Marie Banfield at the State House.

Cornerstone Policy Research and its legislative-advocacy arm, Cornerstone Action, are nonprofit non-partisan public policy organizations working to promote strong New Hampshire families.

NH DHS - Harper Appointment 

Department of Safety

Division of Homeland Security and

Emergency Management




CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Director Perry E. Plummer has announced the appointment of Jennifer L. Harper to the position of assistant director for HSEM.

“Jenn brings more than two decades of experience, an invaluable level of understanding and knowledge, and an unparalleled work ethic to the position,” Plummer said. “She has proven her leadership ability time and time again and is clearly the correct choice to serve as the Assistant Director.”

Ms. Harper has 30 years of experience in State government with 23 of those in emergency management. Most recently, Ms. Harper served as the HSEM Operations Chief responsible for coordinating the State’s response to emergencies and as the State’s Liaison with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Ms. Harper is also an Adjunct Professor with Plymouth State University’s Criminal Justice Department.

“This is an honor and privilege,” Harper said. “I am excited to continue working with Director Plummer and the HSEM team in furthering HSEM’s mission and commitment to the safety and security of New Hampshire’s citizens and visitors. The role of HSEM in assisting individuals, communities and businesses to be more resilient and to quickly recover from disasters is essential to the State’s economic vitality.”

Harper holds a master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.


New Hampshire Senate Names Kate Giaquinto as Communications Director  

Concord, NH – Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, today announced that he has hired Kate Giaquinto as the State Senate Communications Director.  


Giaquinto has worked in various communications roles, including with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College, and with Montagne Communications. Giaquinto is also a 2010 graduate of Saint Anselm College.


Giaquinto replaces Tom Cronin who joined the University of New Hampshire this past July.



Top NH Advocate Sheridan Brown Joins National Wildlife Federation

Top NH Advocate Sheridan Brown Joins NWF  

December 22, 2014 – Sheridan Brown, one of New Hampshire’s political and environmental leaders, is joining the National Wildlife Federation as its New Hampshire Conservation Programs Manager.  Brown will lead a new conservation initiative being pioneered by NWF, NWF’s state affiliate, New Hampshire Audubon, and Conservation New Hampshire.


“We feel like we hit the jackpot when Sheridan joined our organization,” said Curtis Fisher, regional executive director at NWF’s Northeast Regional Center. “Sheridan is the perfect fit for our multi-partner, bipartisan conservation initiatives. His leadership on clean energy and environmental protection will make New Hampshire a better place to live and work.”


A Grantham resident, Brown has most recently worked in solo practice as an attorney and government relations consultant. Prior to entering legal practice, Brown spent ten years as an aide to John E. Sununu in both the U.S. House and Senate. He is a Somersworth native who received his B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where he graduated cum laude and received the Jurisprudence Award for Excellent Achievement in Environmental Law.  Brown was among this year’s recipients of the Union Leader Newspaper’s “40 Under Forty” award.


Brown, an avid birdwatcher, said: “Since childhood, when I eagerly read its Ranger Rick magazines, the National Wildlife Federation has been an organization I’ve admired for its tremendous work to protect our wildlife. I’m excited to put my experience building bipartisan conservation coalitions to work for NWF as part of its team. Like many others witnessing the shocking decline of New Hampshire’s moose population, I’m greatly concerned about the impact global warming is already having on our state and its wildlife. The good news is that we have huge untapped potential to cut carbon pollution and create new, good-paying jobs by investing in clean energy.”


In the New Hampshire legislature, Brown has led several successful bipartisan coalitions in support of major environmental initiatives. This year, Brown headed NH Audubon’s efforts to secure passage and enactment of legislation creating state-level pipeline oil spill preparedness requirements. The legislation responds to the growing threat of tar sands transport through the aging Portland-Montreal pipeline across New Hampshire’s North Country. In 2013, Brown led the Loon Preservation Committee’s legislative efforts resulting in passage and enactment of the nation’s toughest restrictions on the sale and use of toxic lead (Pb) fishing sinkers and jigs, known to poison loons and other wildlife.


“This is a big win for New Hampshire,” said Michael J. Bartlett, president of NH Audubon. “Sheridan’s will be a great voice for reason and a common-sense approach to protecting our environment.


Susan Arnold, board chair of Conservation New Hampshire, added: “Sheridan embodies the bipartisan spirit in New Hampshire for strong conservation policies that bring people together.”


Brown is also active in his community, serving on the Grantham Conservation Commission and Grantham Zoning Board of Adjustment. He is a member of the Newport Rotary Club and Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust’s Outreach Committee. Brown has also been a NH Audubon volunteer as a member of its Policy Committee and a Bald Eagle monitor for over a decade.


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Rep. Elect Frank Guinta Hires Edwards  

Eddie Edwards to serve as Director of Community Relations for Guinta

Today, Congressman-Elect Frank Guinta announced that Eddie Edwards, most recently the Police Chief for South Hampton, will join his federal staff as the Director of Community Relations.  

In 2014, Eddie Edwards was the Republican nominee for State Senate District 4, which includes Barrington, Dover, Somersworth and Rollinsford.  Prior to that, Mr. Edwards served in law enforcement for 24 years in various capacities including as Director of the New Hampshire State Liquor Enforcement Division.  

As Director of Community Relations, Mr. Edwards will be responsible for public outreach and community planning for Congressman Guinta. Specific areas of responsibilities include small business outreach, work with regional nonprofit agencies, and serving as the point person for Homeland Security related matters. Mr. Edwards will also use his law enforcement background to develop a solid line of communication between Congressman Guinta and all levels of law enforcement.

Frank Guinta released the following statement:

"Eddie is a dear friend and a committed public servant.  His time in law enforcement, state government, and service on numerous boards and legislative commissions have shown him to be a thoughtful, intelligent and articulate advocate and policy maker.  His knowledge of New Hampshire and his personal relationships in the public and private sector will be invaluable to my office as we seek to serve New Hampshire's First Congressional District."