Welcome to our new executive director

A self-described Rust Belt kid from Ohio. Twenty-year resident of Manchester. Expert in community economic development. Passionate believer in people and ideas. Meet Anthony Poore, incoming executive director of New Hampshire Humanities who -- we're thrilled to announce -- will lead our team starting March 1.

"We are tremendously excited by the skills, network, dynamism and perspective Anthony brings to New Hampshire Humanities," says board chair Ellen Scarponi. "He is deeply committed to New Hampshire, to civil society, and to democracy, and truly appreciates the potential for the humanities to inspire and strengthen individuals and communities."

For the last eight years, Anthony has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in regional and community outreach, including in New Hampshire's northernmost region. Not your ordinary banker, he is not your ordinary cultural exec either. With degrees in social work, community economic development, and business, he brings a unique combination of skills and experience in leadership, communication, evaluation, higher education, public-private partnerships, and cross-cultural collaboration. Modest, he describes himself as a "servant leader." Curious, he's a voracious reader, listener, and data analyzer. More than anything, Anthony is optimistic.

"Why is New Hampshire Humanities of such interest to me?  I see beauty and opportunity in the story of the human experience and the possibilities of human achievement." He's a human's human.

Anthony comes to New Hampshire Humanities at a time when public interest in the work of our organization is high. In 2017, we sponsored 500 public programs on everything from coming home from war to "the right to be," from finding local history to understanding world religions. But federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, which provides almost 50% of our budget, is again threatened, not by lack of support from both sides in Congress but by cuts in the proposed 2019 budget from the White House. The challenge is not lost on Anthony.

"I'm excited about this opportunity but cognizant of the work that lies ahead," said Poore. "I'm also humbled by the confidence the selection committee and staff have in my abilities to lead this organization forward, building on the strong foundation of those who came before me."

We are thrilled to welcome Anthony Poore. Learn more about him and his vision for New Hampshire Humanities in the April Calendar newsletter.

Photo: Associate Director Susan Hatem pins the official New Hampshire Humanities pin on Anthony Poore, our new executive director.