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NHLA hires Dawn McKinney as Policy Director

January 12, 2017: New Hampshire Legal Assistance hires Dawn McKinney as Policy Director

CONCORD – New Hampshire Legal Assistance Executive Director Lynne Parker announced today that the state-wide nonprofit law firm has hired Dawn McKinney as policy director.

McKinney most recently served as director of state affairs at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), based in Bethesda, MD and Washington, D.C. She has been with NACHC since 2003.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance is a state-wide non-profit law firm serving low-income and vulnerable New Hampshire families and seniors. Through individual representation, advice, counsel and systemic policy advocacy, the civil legal aid advocates at NHLA work to provide each New Hampshire resident equal access to justice under the law.

As policy director, McKinney will manage NHLA’s policy advocacy practice in a number of areas that affect the lives of low-income and vulnerable New Hampshire residents. NHLA policy advocacy covers diverse issues spanning health care, housing and homeownership, education, intimate partner violence, and consumer protection.

“NHLA has a longstanding reputation for credible, expert, ethical policy advocacy on many issues, and for our many productive partnerships with allies across the political spectrum,” Parker said. “Dawn brings extensive experience collaborating with stakeholders in all fifty states and navigating the complex landscape of health care policy. With her technical expertise and appreciation for the nuances of state-level policymaking, Dawn is positioned to deepen NHLA’s engagement with New Hampshire’s legislative and executive branches on the issues that matter most to our clients.”

“Improving the lives of low-income and vulnerable people has been the cornerstone of my advocacy work in health care policy around the country,” McKinney said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to do that work here in my home state on behalf of New Hampshire’s leading anti-poverty organization.”

McKinney, who lives in Concord with her husband and two children, is scheduled to begin her work with NHLA on January 23.

Current NHLA Policy Director Sarah Mattson Dustin will transition to work specifically advocating for policies to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance has offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth. Since 1971, NHLA has worked to fulfill America’s promise of equal access to justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s most vulnerable residents, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic improvements.