Mission of the Center:
The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan, independent think tank focused on state and local public policy issues that affect the quality of life for New Hampshire’s citizens. The Center has as its core beliefs individual freedom and responsibility, limited and accountable government, and an appreciation of the role of the free enterprise system. The Center seeks to promote policy that supports these beliefs by providing information, research, and analysis.
“Josiah Bartlett could not have been better suited to the task of restoring public faith to the institutions of government.”
Professor Jere Daniell, Experiment in Republicanism, 1970.
The Center is named for Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), a distinguished New Hampshire patriot. Bartlett was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a distinguished physician, founder of the New Hampshire Medical Society, a Colonel of the Militia, and Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He served as chief executive of New Hampshire from 1790-1794. After the 1793 revision of the constitution, he became the first constitutionally elected chief executive of New Hampshire to bear the title of governor.
According to a modern account, “Bartlett took his ideas of limited government seriously. In 1792 he told members of the legislature that they had carried out their duties so well that he could not think of anything for them to do. They packed their bags and went home.” The same article noted that, “Bartlett was a reluctant politician, and in any case he was more public servant than politician.”
The Center is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization supported entirely by private donations. Donations are welcome and tax deductible.
- Emily M. Mead, Etna
Emily Mead began a life long interest in public policy and politics at Barnard College. Following graduation, she was only one of a dozen in the room with Thomas Dewey when he lost his presidential bid. The granddaughter of a Congressman from her native Iowa, Emily worked on numerous campaigns, including John V. Lindsay’s successful campaign for Mayor of New York. In addition to her political activities, she also volunteered for several; charities in Manhattan. Later in life, New Hampshire became the recipient of her energies where her efforts have ranged from flipping pancakes for Executive Councilor Ray Burton to a bid for state Representative. In the culmination of a dream, she was brought on board by the George H.W. Bush Administration to work in the Domestic Policy office at the White House.The Josiah Bartlett Center was launched in 1992, following Bush’s loss to Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton – Emily’s late husband Edgar and daughter Mary Mead attended an ultimately auspicious talk given at the Heritage Foundation. The speaker urged those present interested in effecting lasting change to “get out of Washington and head back to your states.” Soon after, they both presented her with the challenge: start a non-partisan public policy center in New Hampshire to harness her considerable energy and intelligence. Thus the Josiah Bartlett Center was born.
- Edgar T. Mead, Etna
Board of Directors
- Rich Ashooh, Chairman, BAE Systems, Nashua
- The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan, independent think tank focused on state and local public policy issues that affect the quality of life for New Hampshire’s citizens. The Center has as its core beliefs individual freedom and responsibility, limited and accountable government, and an appreciation of the role of the free enterprise system. The Center seeks to promote policy that supports these beliefs by providing information, research, and analysis.
- Eugene M. Van Loan, III, Immediate Past Chairman, Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, Manchester
- Mr. Van Loan is Past Moderator, Town of Bedford; Past Public Member, Joint House and Senate Legislative Ethics Committee; Past Director, Alden Ocean Shell Association; Past Director, Greater Manchester YMCA; Past President, Amoskeag Rowing Club; Past President, New Hampshire Easter Seal Society; Past President, Greater Manchester Mental Health Center; Past President, Yale Club of New Hampshire. Mr. Van Loan writes frequently on constitutional issues for The Union Leader. He has been a member of the Board since 2003.
- Anna ‘Bobbie’ Barbara Hantz, Vice-Chair, Attorney, Manchester
- Bobbie is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, ME and MA; Member of each state’s Bar Association; Admitted before the United States District Courts of New Hampshire, ME and MA; United States First Circuit Court of Appeals. Founding director of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association; Member NH Bar Pro Bono Referral Program and Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project; Member of the Governor’s Judicial Selection Commission; Past President Nashua Children’s Home; Past Executive Director New Hampshire Republican State Committee; Delegate 1988 Republican National Convention.
- Peter Angerhofer, Businessman, Durham
- Jamie Burnett, Businessman, Concord
- Tom Eaton, Former Senate President, Keene
- Peter Josephson PhD, Professor: Saint Anselm College
- John Kayser PhD, Professor: UNH, Durham
- Bruce Keough, Businessman, Dublin
- Gordon MacDonald, Attorney, Nixon Peabody, Manchester
- Emily M. Mead, Co-Founder, Etna
- Mike Murray, Financial Consultant, Portsmouth
- James Shirley, Attorney, Goffstown
- Sara Shirley, Shirley Farm, Goffstown
- James Sununu, Businessman, North Hampton
- Emeritus, Colin D. Campbell, Prof. Emeritus, Dartmouth College, Hanover
- Emeritus, Gov. John H. Sununu, Former Governor, Hampton Falls
- Stephen P. Farrar, Guardian Industries Corporation, Auburn Hills, MI
- Joan P. Fowler, Hanover
- Janice B. Kitchen, Small Business Development Center, Gilford
- Johannes Kuttner, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
- Dennis E. Logue, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ledyard Financial Group
- Mary H. Mead, Artist, Warner
- Mark Lennon, New London
Charles M. Arlinghaus
Since 2003, Charlie Arlinghaus has served as president of The Josiah Bartlett Center, New Hampshire’s free market think tank. He writes a weekly column on public policy for The New Hampshire Union Leader. His policy research covers a broad range of state policy including education, health care, and fiscal policy. He has been interviewed on public policy issues on the major domestic networks, in the 25 largest newspapers in the country, and for media outlets on every continent (well, except Antarctica). He has degrees in American History from The College of William and Mary and The University of New Hampshire.
Policy Analyst and Transparency Director
Originally from Westfield, Massachusetts, Josh first came to New Hampshire to attend Saint Anselm College in Manchester. During his time there, Josh volunteered for a number of campaigns in the state and later worked as a researcher for VictoryNH. He graduated from St. A’s in 2009 with a degree in History and minor in German. Considering a career in academia, he then attended the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL and completed a Masters Degree in Social Sciences in 2010. Following his time in Chicago, Josh completed a summer fellowship at the Catholic University of Eichstätt in Eichstätt, Germany. Shortly after returning Stateside, Josh was hired by the Center.
As Policy Analyst with the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, he has focused on a number of issues including Legislative Spending, the New Hampshire Retirement System and Transportation Policy. As Transparency Director, he manages the Center’s government transparency site NHOpengov.org.