The Federal Co-Chair

Harold B. Parker was appointed the third Federal Co-Chair of the Northern Border Regional Commission on October 17th by the President of the United States.

He was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts and grew up in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire where he attended local schools and is a 1987 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Political Science. 

Harold worked for Congressman, and then Senator, John E. Sununu where he was Director of Outreach Programs and worked on diverse issues such as New Hampshire-Canada Trade, Law Enforcement, and Homeland Security. Other focus areas included International Relations New England, Fire and Emergency Services, and leading the Outreach Program to reach out to local, state, and federal stakeholders on a wide range of governmental issues.

He was also Outreach and Projects Director for Congressman Charles F. Bass. Harold had direct and in-depth contact with local communities on economic and other issues that affected New Hampshire’s and New England’s North Country.

In 2014 Harold was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives from his hometown of Wolfeboro. He served on the Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, and the Executive Departments and Administration Committee.  He was also appointed by the New Hampshire Secretary of State to be a member of the New Hampshire-Canada Trade Council.  Harold served in the New Hampshire House until 2017 when he left to join the administration of Governor Chris Sununu.

In Governor Sununu’s administration, Harold started as a Policy Advisor to the Governor where he handled issues such as Law Enforcement, New Hampshire-Canada Relations, Transportation, Fire and Emergency Services, and co-liaison to the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate, among other issues in his portfolio.  He was promoted to Special Assistant to the Governor for Intergovernmental Affairs where he oversaw the drafting of the New Hampshire-Quebec Economic Agreement and the New Hampshire-Quebec Security Agreement. 

Harold served on Wolfeboro’s Planning Board and was a longtime member of the Wolfeboro Budget Committee.