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The promise of the American Dream is no longer within reach for too many Americans. We may not all agree on the solutions to overcoming the growing opportunity gap, but we can all agree the challenge is bigger than any one political party and will require all of us working together. In fact, our nation's success is dependent on us doing so. The Our Kids New Hampshire (OKNH) Advisory Committee has come together from across the political spectrum, putting politics aside in order to focus on the challenge before us. 

Kristyn Van Ostern

Concord

Kristyn Van Ostern serves as Associate Vice Chancellor and CFO of the Community College System of New Hampshire with primary responsibility for finance, IT, facilities and strategic planning activities. Prior to her work at CCSNH, Kristyn served...

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Kristyn Van Ostern serves as Associate Vice Chancellor and CFO of the Community College System of New Hampshire with primary responsibility for finance, IT, facilities and strategic planning activities. Prior to her work at CCSNH, Kristyn served in a finance and strategy role at Timberland and as the budget director for former Governor John Lynch. Kristyn also serves on the board of Stay, Work, Play.

She received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and BA in International Relations and Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College.

Kristyn was born in Littleton; raised in Portsmouth; and lives with her husband, Colin, two sons, Peter and Patrick, and a black lab, Moses, in Concord.

Daniel Weeks

Nashua

Daniel Weeks is Executive Director of Open Democracy, a nonprofit working to increase civic engagement and ensure equal representation for women & men of all backgrounds in NH. A decade-long advocate for democratic reform, he previously...

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Daniel Weeks is Executive Director of Open Democracy, a nonprofit working to increase civic engagement and ensure equal representation for women & men of all backgrounds in NH. A decade-long advocate for democratic reform, he previously served as president of Americans for Campaign Reform and founding director of the Money and Politics Project in South Africa. He has written and spoken extensively on democracy and poverty issues, and conducted poverty-line research in 30 states by Greyhound bus at PoorInDemocracy.org. A graduate of Oxford and Yale, Daniel lives in Nashua with his wife, Dr. Sindiso Mnisi Weeks.

State Senator Jeff Woodburn

Dalton

Senator Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Dalton, is serving his second term in the New Hampshire Senate and was elected as Senate Minority Leader for the 2015-2016 legislative session. He has the distinction of having the largest legislative...

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Senator Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Dalton, is serving his second term in the New Hampshire Senate and was elected as Senate Minority Leader for the 2015-2016 legislative session. He has the distinction of having the largest legislative district in state, encompassing 27 percent of the state's landmass, fifty-eight communities including Mt. Washington (the highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 ft.), and the small but famous town of Dixville. There, every four years at midnight, the first votes are cast in New Hampshire's Presidential Primary.

A third-generation resident of Coos County, Sen. Woodburn has a deep understanding of rural life and rural people. As a result, his legislative priorities include protecting and promoting North Country values and culture, bending state government to meet the needs of rural communities and rural people, improving the economy, opening up the state's closed rest areas, distributing the room and meals tax fairly, and burying the controversial Northern Pass power line initiative.

For the 2015-2016 Legislative Session he sits on the Executive Departments & Administration Committee.

Senator Woodburn has a long, varied career as successful entrepreneur, award-winning writer, and teacher and child advocate. While still in high school he was elected to the state's 1984 Constitutional Convention. He also served in the state House of Representatives from 1988-1990 as a top aide and campaign manager to U.S. Congressman Dick Swett from 1990-1994 and as Chairman of the state Democratic Party from 1997-99.

A love for history led Senator Woodburn to start Historic Properties, an award-winning specialty real estate firm. He has taught in North Country schools and has written for several newspapers. In 2012 he was honored by the New Hampshire Press Association as the columnist of the year.

Presently, he writes for New Hampshire Magazine and serves as the Executive Director of the Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions.

Sen. Woodburn and his wife live in Dalton with their two school-aged children. They have three other adult children.

 

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RT @LaureninNH: So many little ways to help close the #opportunitygap. This one looks fun!! @ourkidsnh https://t.co/4plOQuCFsV

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