The New Hampshire Municipal Association is a non-profit, non-partisan association working to strengthen New Hampshire cities and towns and their ability to serve the public as a member-funded, member-governed and member-driven association since 1941. We serve as a resource for information, education and legal service. NHMA is a strong, clear voice advocating for New Hampshire municipal interests.
The New Hampshire Municipal Association, Inc. (NHMA) is a nonprofit, non-partisan membership organization of municipalities. Founded in 1941 for the purpose of exchanging information to facilitate more efficient and effective local government, NHMA was reorganized in July 2003 under the umbrella of the New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC). At that time all services provided to municipalities by NHMA were assumed by LGC except legislative advocacy, which remained in NHMA LLC, a separate subsidiary of LGC. In the fall of 2012 all “traditional municipal league services” including legislative advocacy, legal advisory services, training programs, and educational publications, were consolidated under NHMA with oversight by the NHMA Board of Directors. Currently, NHMA, Inc. operates as a totally separate, independent organization from the former LGC risk pools (HealthTrust, Inc. and Property Liability Trust, Inc.) with a board comprising only elected and appointed municipal officials elected by NHMA members.
New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) membership is open to the cities and towns of New Hampshire. Membership entitles a municipality to participate in the development and adoption of NHMA legislative policy, and to receive the full range of services offered by NHMA, including:
Visit our Advocacy page for information on our legislative advocacy activities. Visit our Services page for workshops, webinars, on-demand training opportunities and annual conference information. Visit our Resources page to see the Calendar of Events, available publications, Town & City, and classified ads.
Associate memberships are open to any utility district, county, village district, regional planning commission or quasi-municipal public agency serving New Hampshire municipalities. NHMA's Associate Membership gives you access to valuable information and trainings, as well as the following services:
Associate Membership does not allow a vote in NHMA matters nor any vote in legislative policy development and, while NHMA reports bills relating to districts in its Legislative Bulletin, does not include representation before the legislature.
Affiliate Groups are professional associations, comprised primarily of municipal officials serving in a particular position, such as city and town clerks, assessors, health officers, town and city managers, road agents, etc. NHMA works with many Affiliate Groups on legislative issues and many groups participate in NHMA’s legislative policy setting process. Affiliate Groups may use the facilities at NHMA’s offices at 25 Triangle Park Drive in Concord for meetings and training sessions. Affiliate Groups are also invited to present educational sessions for their members at NHMA’s Annual Conference in November, and some even conduct their own annual meetings at that time.
Municipal membership dues are based upon municipal population and equalized valuation. In addition to municipal membership, NHMA offers associate membership to eligible local government entities including, village districts, utility districts, regional planning commissions or quasi-municipal public agencies serving municipalities, subject to the approval of and any terms as the NHMA Board of Directors may establish.
Membership inquiries should be directed to NHMA staff.
The New Hampshire Municipal Association Board of Directors is comprised of local officials elected by NHMA member municipalities. The NHMA Bylaws outline the rules and regulations which govern the New Hampshire Municipal Association and its Board of Directors. A copy of NHMA’s most recent audited financial report is available here.
Town Manager, Sunapee
Immediate Past Chair
City Manager, Laconia
The NHMA Meeting Notices lists dates, times, and locations of upcoming NHMA Board of Directors meetings and subcommittee meetings. All meeting are held in compliance with RSA 91-A, New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know law.There are no meetings posted at this time.
Judy A. Silva oversees all activities of the New Hampshire Municipal Association. Judy has worked for NHMA since 1992, answering legal questions, advocating municipal interests before the state legislature, and providing training to municipal officials. Before joining NHMA, Judy was a court-appointed criminal defense attorney with the NH Public Defender Office for eight years, and practiced (briefly) at two private law firms. Judy received her B.S. degree from UNH and her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH School of Law).
Cordell Johnston advocates for municipalities before the New Hampshire legislature and state agencies. Before joining NHMA in 2004, he was a member of the Concord law firm of Orr & Reno for nineteen years. He is also a former selectman and former member and chairman of the planning board in the Town of Henniker. Cordell received his B.A. degree from Princeton University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Barbara Reid focuses on municipal financial operations and provides financial analysis of legislative changes on local governments. Before joining NHMA in 2005, Barbara was with the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration for eighteen years, serving most of that time as the Assistant Commissioner. Barbara is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a B.A. degree from Mt. St. Mary College, an M.B.A. degree from New Hampshire College, and a graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination from Southern NH University.
Stephen Buckley directs NHMA's legal services program, with responsibility for providing legal advice to members and overseeing training programs and educational publications for municipal officials. He practiced law from 1984 to 2014 with the firm Hage Hodes, P.A., concentrating in representing municipalities. In his hometown of Bow, Steve was a member of the planning board for 12 years and served as a member of the budget committee. He is a past chairman and current member of the executive committee of the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission, and he is currently vice chairman of the New Hampshire Association of Regional Planning Commissions. Steve received his B.A. from San Diego State University and his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.
Margaret M.L. Byrnes provides legal advice to NHMA members, speaks at NHMA workshops and other training programs, and writes for NHMA's many publications. Before joining NHMA in September 2014, Margaret was an associate attorney with the firm Hage Hodes, P.A., where she worked on a variety of cases, including many municipal law matters, such as property taxes, water rights, and condominium law. She also has taught legal writing at the Massachusetts School of Law since 2012 and at Northeastern University School of Law since 2013. Margaret earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature and Classical Languages from Smith College in 2008 and her J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2011, summa cum laude.
Judith Pellowe manages the finance and human resources for the Association and its employees, and assists the Executive Director in managing the administrative functions. Before joining NHMA, Judith was the business office manager for a medical practice on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Judith received her B.A. from Wells College, and a degree in accounting from McIntosh College. Judith is also certified in Human Resources by the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute.
Tim Fortier serves as editor of Town and City Magazine and NewsLink, and coordinates publications, and advertising. Tim is also responsible for developing and implementing advocacy strategies and outreach activities on a variety of legislative issues. Prior to joining NHMA in 2011, Tim served as government relations advisor with the McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton law firm, vice president with the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire, and lobbyist and executive vice president of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association. Tim holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.
Judy Pearson manages the NHMA website, maintains the membership data base, and responds to member inquiries and requests for services and publications. Judy is the most recent addition to the NHMA team, transferring from Property Liability Trust where she served in various positions over six years. Prior to that, Judy worked for Fidelity Investments. Judy holds a B.A. degree in Communications from the University of New Hampshire-Manchester.
Ashley Methot assumed the position of Conference and Workshop Coordinator with NHMA in April, 2014. Ashley has held other positions such as Benefits and Wellness Associate and Event Planning Associate during her 9 year career with HealthTrust, Inc. Ashley is the "behind the scenes" coordinator for various events such as the Budget & Finance Workshops, Municipal Law Lecture Series and the NHMA Annual Conference in November. Ashley holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Keene State College.
Pam Valley is often the first voice you hear when calling NHMA. Pam is the “behind the scenes” coordinator for dozens of activities, such as NHMA board meetings and publication of theLegislative Bulletin. Before joining NHMA in 1996, Pam worked for a private law firm in Concord, New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Municipal Association is pleased to partner with others who offer benefits and discounts on program and services to our members. Endorsements are approved by the NHMA board of directors based upon a comprehensive review of the program and/or service. To see a current list of programs and services endorsed by the New Hampshire Municipal Association, click the button below:
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