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 AnnMarie French – Executive Director

AnnMarie French is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. Prior to assuming this role, AnnMarie served as NHFPI’s communications manager for four years. AnnMarie previously served as editor for the New Hampshire Local Government Center’s New Hampshire Town and City magazine and other New Hampshire Municipal Association resource publications for local officials. She has held various communications roles for the City of Boston, including marketing communications specialist for the Department of Neighborhood Development, focusing on neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, and small business programs. AnnMarie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and a Master of Business Administration from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Leadership NH, Class of 2017. Contact AnnMarie by email at afrench [at] nhfpi.org.

 

Phil Sletten – Policy Analyst

Phil Sletten is a Policy Analyst for NHFPI. He previously served as a performance auditor for the New Hampshire Office of Legislative Budget Assistant, where he provided analysis on a wide range of state agency operations. In this role, Phil co-authored reports on various state programs within the Departments of Transportation, Safety, and Health and Human Services, as well as the Veteran’s Home; he also conducted research related to the Community College System. Born and raised in New Hampshire, he brings first-hand knowledge of the state’s unique attributes and ongoing challenges. Phil has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and policy studies from Grinnell College, located in Grinnell, Iowa, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with emphases on tax, economic, and environmental policy. He is a graduate of Leadership NH, Class of 2018. Contact Phil at psletten [at] nhfpi.org.

 

Michael Polizzotti photoMichael Polizzotti – Policy Analyst

Michael Polizzotti is a Policy Analyst for NHFPI. As a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) – Paul College of Business and Economics in Durham, with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Economics, Michael brings unique insights of applied and economic theory to use in his analyses. His past research projects include work surrounding food insecurity and nutrition, especially among low income individuals, and the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the healthcare and labor choices of young adults. While attending UNH, Michael worked with several institutions at both the federal and state level. These include roles with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Commercial Service, and the N.H. Division of Economic Development. As a New Hampshire native, Michael offers a valuable perspective on the policy climate in the state and the challenges faced by those who live and work here. Contact Michael at mpolizzotti [at] nhfpi.org.

 

Emily Woodward – Communications and Operations Associate

Emily Woodward is the Communications and Operations Associate for NHFPI. Emily brings experience in the fields of education, communications, and marketing, including graphic design and event planning. She also worked as a freelance reporter for the Lakes Region newspapers covering town meetings and writing feature articles. Emily is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. A native of New Hampshire, Emily lives and works in Downtown Concord and appreciates all the Capital City has to offer. Contact Emily at ewoodward [at] nhfpi.org.

 

 

Paul Chiarantona – 2019 Research Intern

NHFPI’s 2019 Research Intern is Paul Chiarantona. Paul is currently enrolled in the University of New Hampshire, Carsey School of Public Policy, Master of Public Policy program. Paul’s internship features a collaborative data project with NHFPI and the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority. The project will identify key data sets to include in the development of new metrics to assess the health and well-being of individuals and economies at the community level. Additionally, the project includes assessments of online visualization tools to display the data in an accessible format. This project expands upon NHFPI’s August 2018 analysis of economic and fiscal disparities in communities across the state. The 2019 internship project began in July and concludes this fall.

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New Hampshire’s Food Insecurity Levels Return to Pre-Recession Levels

27 Sep 2019

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According to new estimates from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), New Hampshire and the nation have experienced improvements in households’ access to food. The recently released report outlines the progressing trends of reduced food insecurity, declining from higher levels experienced in the recovery period after the Great Recession. This progress shows that despite disparities faced by lower-income individuals throughout the state, both relative improvements in the economy and the effectiveness of supplemental food programs have been aiding Granite Staters in need.