Molly Messenger is a Carsey Fellow for New Hampshire Listens. She is a community organizer, educator, and facilitator. She is currently the Director of Pittsfield Listens, supporting youth and family engagement with a focus on the redesign of the local public school. She has a BA in Anthropology & International Affairs from UNH, with a semester at the School of International Training in Kenya.
Molly has worked in community and educational development with a grassroots organization in Tanzania, managed an ethnographic study looking at refugee well being in NH, and as an immigrant rights organizer- with a focus on naturalization and family reunification. She has worked as a Youth Organizer with American Friends Service Committee- NH, youth counselor and outdoor educator with Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, and as a facilitator and trainer with NH Listens. She is currently on the board of Global Awareness Local Action.
Across all these experiences, her focus has been on the ways that education structures opportunities in society, with a passion to support youth voice to impact positive social change in their community and its schools. She enjoys exploring the relationships between nonviolence, mindfulness, social justice, and sustainability.
She and her husband live in a former Grange Hall in Ossipee, NH that they are- bit by bit- restoring so that it may be a responsive resource to support the community’s social, economic and creative aspirations. Their smoothies are often pedal powered, and cars powered by Waste Vegetable Oil. She finds joy in growing and preserving food, hiking, cycling, swimming, yoga, and dance. Molly is certified in Permaculture design and teaching.