Carrie Portrie

Program Manager, NH Listens
Assistant Research Professor, Carsey School
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Carrie is a program manager and fellow for New Hampshire Listens at the Carsey School of Public Policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology from Roger Williams University, a master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in early childhood special education, and a PhD from UNH in education with a focus on children and youth in communities. She is also an AmeriCorps alum, completing two terms of service building and maintaining hiking trails in Montana and then in the foothills of the Cascades in Washington state.

Carrie traveled back to her hometown Dover, NH after several years out West teaching children in community settings. She has since spent her studies and career focused on community-based policies, learning, and engagement to understand how to construct and re-construct systems that work for everyone and resist marginalizing people, especially in terms of race, social class, and dis/ability. Her work with New Hampshire Listens focuses on local conversations and learning exchanges about a variety of issues (e.g., childhood lead poisoning, community needs in northern NH, substance misuse and harm reduction, early childhood education and care), school-based race and equity dialogue and facilitation, program evaluation, and coalition building. She is committed to utilizing frameworks that focus on collaborative inquiry, reflection, and dynamic design to create spaces for people to connect the ideologies of policy to the diverse realities of people lives.