Steve Marchand is Principal of SRM Consulting, a public affairs and strategic communications firm that works with individuals and organizations in the private sector, government, non-profits, and politics.  Prior to this, Steve served as the Director of Corporate Relations for the University of New Hampshire, working with business leaders across the state to match industry’s greatest needs with UNH’s resources and expertise.

Before joining UNH in early 2012, Steve was the Managing Director of The Marchand Group, consulting with state and federal political candidates, and working with organizations as diverse as the National Football League, AARP, SEIU, the Concord Coalition, and the U.S. Department of State.

He is the former mayor of Portsmouth, NH, serving as the youngest mayor in the state during his term, and was a candidate for the United States Senate in 2007.

Earlier in his career, Marchand managed congressional and gubernatorial campaigns in New Hampshire, as well as performing management audits of local and state governments around the country.  He has keynoted national conferences on improving performance management in government, and has been a frequent guest on local, state, and national radio and television broadcasts.  Marchand was named by the national periodical Politics magazine as one of “America’s 25 Rising Stars in Politics” in 2008.

He earned his undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Public Relations from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, and a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  He has served on numerous civic boards and roles in the state, including the United Way of the Greater Seacoast, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Sexual Assault Support Services, and City Year New Hampshire.  He lives in Portsmouth with his wife, Sandi Hennequin, and two young daughters.