NH Fiscal Policy Institute welcomes new board members

CONCORD — Michael Coughlin of Berlin and Peter Powell of Lancaster have been named to the board of directors for the N.H. Fiscal Policy Institute.

"We are grateful for the experience and expertise these new board members bring to the organization, and especially for their deep understanding of the challenges facing families and children living in some our state's most rural areas," said Mil Duncan, chair of the NHFPI Board of Directors. "They will be a tremendous asset to the organization as it embarks on new research to examine these challenges and propose solutions that can increase economic stability of families and children across the Granite State."

Coughlin currently serves as CEO of Tri-County Community Action in Berlin, which provides services to more than 40,000 residents in New Hampshire's North Country. In late March, Coughlin will transition to a new role as CEO for the Crotched Mountain Foundation. He has held leadership roles for a number of large human service organizations, including Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health in Laconia and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. Coughlin has served on numerous boards, commissions and coalitions, and is a 2007 graduate of Leadership New Hampshire. He holds a master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

Powell is the owner of Peter W. Powell Real Estate in Lancaster. Powell is an active contributor to the civic life of both the North Country and the state as a whole, and has served on numerous boards and commissions. He currently serves on the Board of N.H. Public Radio, and previously on the boards of the Northern N.H. Foundation, North Country Council, New Futures, Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests, N.H. Timberland Owners Association, N.H. Humanities Council, Weeks Memorial Hospital, and various YMCA organizations, among many others. Powell has lived in Lancaster since 1973 and brings an intense awareness of the challenges facing the families, businesses and communities of New Hampshire's North Country.

The N.H. Fiscal Policy Institute is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to exploring, developing, and promoting public policies that foster economic opportunity and prosperity for all New Hampshire residents, with an emphasis on low and moderate-income families and individuals. Learn more at www.nhfpi.org.