CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) Board of Directors announces that Gene Martin has been named executive director after a national search. Gene is an experienced public policy and development nonprofit professional who will build on the successes of NHFPI and deepen its impact and reach.
The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors conducted a national search for an executive director this fall following the announcement of AnnMarie French’s intention to step down as executive director after nearly nine years with NHFPI and the last five years in the role of executive director.
“We are thrilled that Gene will be leading NHFPI into the future,” said Bruce P. King, Chair of NHFPI’s Board of Directors. “Gene has a proven record of strengthening organizations by establishing a compelling vision, engaging stakeholders, increasing fundraising yields, and coaching teams to achieve shared strategic priorities. We are looking forward to Gene’s leadership as he guides NHFPI to new levels of growth and development.”
Gene most recently served in a dual role as the Associate Director of Development and Director of Government Relations at Plymouth State University. In addition to personally securing philanthropic gifts and government appropriations, he oversaw the annual giving program, including its communications strategy. Martin previously held various roles in the New Hampshire State Senate as the top policy and communications staffer in the Senate Minority Leader’s office, overseeing a policy portfolio of the state budget, education, economic security, and tax policy; as well as a Legislative Aide, staffing the Senate Transportation and Ways & Means Committees.
“NHFPI’s mission is deeply personal to me. Public policies and programs provided support when I lived in a homeless shelter as a child, forever altering the trajectory of my life for the better. I have dedicated my career to making a positive difference in the lives of others out of a deep sense of purpose and moral obligation, and I am humbled by the NHFPI Board of Directors’ faith in me to continue its strong reputation for high-quality, nonpartisan public policy analysis,” said Gene. “I am grateful to join an incredibly dedicated and talented team as we advance our vision of a fair and inclusive state where everyone can prosper.”
Gene is a Ph.D. student in Leadership & Policy at the University of New Hampshire, where he received his Master of Public Administration from the Carsey School of Public Policy. Gene also holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Plymouth State University and is a proud graduate of Manchester Public Schools. An active New Hampshire community member, Gene serves on the Board of Trustees for Leadership New Hampshire and the Manchester Historic Association. He is also the President of the Manchester Lions Club and a Finance Committee Member of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire. Gene lives in Manchester with his wife and two daughters.
About New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute
The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan 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.