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Concord, NH (March 2018) – The Board of Directors of New Hampshire Humanities is pleased to welcome its new executive director, Anthony Poore, who took the helm at New Hampshire Humanities on March 1.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio and a 20-year resident of New Hampshire, Anthony is no stranger to the people, history, and communities that make New Hampshire so rich in cultural resources. With more than 20 years of experience working in the community economic development sector, he brings a special commitment to addressing the needs of both urban and rural communities by forging partnerships between nonprofits, businesses, and communities. He shares a deep and enduring commitment to New Hampshire and an appreciation for the humanities and lifelong learning.
“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.”
Anthony’s past and current professional experience includes community organizing within urban and rural settings, qualitative/quantitative research initiatives, and intelligence gathering on low and moderate income communities. Anthony has held leadership positions in social justice organizations, traditional and non-traditional financial institutions, affordable housing providers, community-based organizations, academic institutions and government partners.
Most recently, he served as Director of Regional and Community Outreach at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and was Assistant Dean at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). He is a past or present board member of organizations such as NH Community Loan Fund, NH Endowment for Health, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Carsey School of Public Policy’s New Hampshire Listens Project. Anthony holds a B.A. in Social Work from Wright State University in Ohio, a Master of Business Administration from SNHU, and a Master of Science in Community Economic Development from SNHU.
Anthony’s deep commitment to addressing the interests of communities and work with multiple public/private stakeholders were especially impressive to the search committee. Equally important were his strong insights and vision for fostering new partnerships with minority, immigrant, and rural communities through the humanities. These strengths are especially important as Anthony steps into his new role in when federal funding for the humanities is once again threatened.
“I’m excited about this opportunity and 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.” Anthony and his wife live in Manchester, NH and are the parents of two daughters.
For more than four decades, New Hampshire Humanities has provided the people of the Granite State with opportunities to cultivate curiosity, connect across cultures, examine beliefs, practice civility, strengthen community bonds, and engage in civic life. Last year New Hampshire Humanities sponsored 500 free programs reaching 145,407 residents in 153 communities in partnership with 287 organizations. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.