Portsmouth, New Hampshire , United States
|| January 10, 1974
Nov 22, 2008 09:30pm
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|Info||Biography of Steve Marchand |
Steve Marchand was elected Mayor in November 2005. He officially took office in January 2006 as the youngest Mayor in New Hampshire and the youngest in Portsmouth in more than 40 years.
Mayor Marchand is also the founder and former Managing Director of Pembroke Strategies, a Portsmouth, N.H.-based public affairs management consulting firm.
Marchand was born on January 10, 1974, in Manchester, New Hampshire. A first-generation American whose parents (Normand and Suzanne) come from Quebec, Canada, Marchand has been virtually a lifelong resident of New Hampshire. He received a B.S. in International Relations, and a B.A. in Public Relations, from Syracuse University in 1996. Marchand received his Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1998.
Marchand began his professional career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), working with public and private sector clients to implement database management systems. He later joined Maximus, a government management consulting firm, in its state and local government division. Marchand played a key role in improving the performance of local government departments across the U.S., with an emphasis on public safety.
In 2000, Marchand was named the Northeast Regional Director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization advocating fiscal responsibility while ensuring that Social Security, Medicare, and the American economy are secure for all generations. He oversaw all of New England, as well as the State of New York.
Marchand's political consulting includes acting as Campaign Director for former Executive Councilor Jim Normand's 2002 New Hampshire gubernatorial primary campaign in 2002. Marchand also served as Deputy Campaign Manager, overseeing policy and communications, for State Sen. Mark Fernald's 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Marchand acted as campaign director for 2004 1st Congressional District nominee Justin Nadeau.
Following the 2002 campaign season, Marchand was named New Hampshire's political "Rising Star" of the year by the influential political web site politicsnh.com, as well as one of the 105 people with the greatest influence on the 2004 New Hampshire Presidential Primary.
Marchand's firm, Pembroke Strategies, quickly developed a list of clientele that includes some of the most influential groups in public policy, including AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and SEIU (Service Employees International Union). He also has consulted for political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. Pembroke Strategies also worked with international delegations in promoting democracy and emergency management systems for such developing nations as Tajikistan, Georgia, Belarus and Macedonia.
During his first term on the City Council in 2004-2005, Marchand received attention for his efforts to reform the city's budget process into an "outcome-based" model, emphasizing transparency, public input, and results-based policy-making to deliver Portsmouth's highest-priority goals efficiently.
Marchand lives in Portsmouth with his wife, Sandi Hennequin, a Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs for Constellation Energy Commodities Group. They have two young daughters, Abigail and Margaret, as well as a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Reagan.