Nonprofit Policy Caucus
The Nonprofit Policy Caucus is designed to bring leaders together to discuss changes in the policy landscape and how they affect the nonprofit sector.
This year's caucus will focus on The Changing Landscape of Journalism and its impact on our advocacy efforts. The days of meeting up with State House reporters on site seem to be behind us – who is covering policy issues now and how can we best work with the media to advance our missions? Join us to engage with a panel of experts from New Hampshire's leading nonprofit journalism organizations who will share their insights on emerging trends.
- Drew Cline, President, Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
- Melanie Plenda, Director, Granite State News Collaborative
- Jim Schachter, President & Chief Executive Officer, New Hampshire Public Radio
- Annmarie Timmins, Senior Reporter, New Hampshire Bulletin
About the Panelists
Drew Cline is president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy in Concord and host of the WFEA Morning Update on WFEA radio in Manchester. As editorial page editor for the New Hampshire Union Leader, he was twice named New Hampshire editorial writer of the year by the N.H. Press Association. A journalist for nearly three decades, his writing has appeared in more than 100 newspapers and magazines, including The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Politico, National Review, The Weekly Standard and The Boston Globe.
Melanie Plenda is the director of The Granite State News Collaborative, a collective of more than 20 local media, educational and community organizations across the state of New Hampshire. Melanie has more than 20 years of journalism experience. Her work has been published by the Associated Press, The Atlantic, The New Republic and numerous local and regional publications.
Jim Schachter is New Hampshire Public Radio’s president and chief executive officer, guiding the vision and strategy for the organization and leading a team of more than 60 staff advancing NHPR’s public service mission. Jim came to NHPR in October 2019, after decades as a journalist and newsroom executive with some of the nation’s leading media organizations. He most recently spent seven years as vice president for news at WNYC in New York City, the nation’s largest public radio station.
Annmarie Timmins worked as a reporter and editor at the Concord Monitor for nearly 25 years before launching the nonprofit New Hampshire Bulletin with a former Monitor colleague in 2021. In her role as the Bulletin’s senior reporter, she covers the Legislature, state agencies, and state policy with a focus on health and the safety net programs intended to protect the most vulnerable. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.
Elissa is a consultant to nonprofits with a specialty in public policy. She has worked to advance many critical policy issues in New Hampshire with several organizations including: the NH Center for Nonprofits; Housing Action NH; the Growth and Development Roundtable; NH Voices for Health; and the American Heart Association.