Jeffrey J. Rose
Department of Resources of Economic Development
In February, Governor Maggie Hassan nominated Jeff Rose to serve as commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED). He was unanimously confirmed by the Executive Council and sworn into office on April 1. Jeff is responsible for the Division of Forests and Lands, the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Division of Travel and Tourism and the Division of Economic Development.
Prior to serving the State of New Hampshire, Jeff spent nine years working for BAE Systems in Nashua, the state’s largest manufacturer. Most recently Jeff served as the director of public affairs for BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems (ES) Sector. In this role, he was responsible for the strategic communications and external engagement for the company. Jeff represented the company on public policy issues and strategic relations and also served as a key contributor within Government Relations for over six years.
Jeff has extensive public sector experience having spent eight years working for various members of Congress, including Congressman Jeb Bradley, Senator Bob Smith, and Congressman John E. Sununu. With a particular focus on transportation, natural resources and economic development, Jeff worked closely with state and local officials to bring federal support to the Granite State.
Jeff is an active member within the community. He serves as president of the New Hampshire State Society, which supports New Hampshire students who are interning in the greater Washington, DC area. He also served as the former Chairman of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and the New Hampshire Gateway Chapter of the Red Cross. Jeff was a board member at Saint Joseph’s Community Services and served on the New Hampshire Economic Development Advisory Council and New Hampshire Telecommunications Advisory Board.
Jeff grew up in Merrimack, New Hampshire prior to graduating from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, with degrees in Political Science and Communications/Journalism.
He resides in Goffstown with his wife, Amy, and their daughter.
Travel and Tourism Development Director
Lori Harnois is the Director of the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. Harnois oversees the strategic direction of the Division, which works with the state’s seven travel regions to increase visitation, travel and visitor expenditures in order to expand business activity and employment throughout the state.
Harnois has spent almost fifteen years in the tourism industry, including ten as the International and Domestic Marketing Manager of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development. She has taught tourism courses at Plymouth State University and the New Hampshire Technical Institute as an adjunct professor and was recently appointed to the board of Stay, Work, Play. In 2012 she was named to the Union Leader’s “Forty under 40” class- forty people making a difference under the age of forty.
Lori resides in Epsom with her husband, Joe.
Interim Director, Division of Economic Development
Christopher Way is the interim director of the Division of Economic Development, where he leads a team dedicated to creating a favorable business climate complementary to the state's quality of life.
He began his career as a biologist, developing aquaculture ventures and in laboratory management. At the Department of Environmental Services, he worked with businesses and communities on environmental issues, taking that experience to the Department of Resources and Economic Development and its Division of Economic Development in 2005.
Today, he oversees business recruitment, business retention, federal procurement and the Office of International Trade.
Interim Director, Division of Forests and Lands
Brad Simpkins is Interim Director and State Forester for the Division of Forests and Lands, where he has statutory authority for matters pertaining to forestry, forest management, and forestlands. He leads a talented team to carry out such programs as management of over 200,000 acres of public land, wildfire prevention and control, protection from damaging insects and diseases, urban and community forestry, forestland conservation, and protection of threatened and endangered plants.
Simpkins has worked for the Division since January, 1998. He is active on numerous state, regional and national boards, commissions and committees pertaining to forest management and protection. He has been the recipient of several recognitions, including the Union Leader’s “Forty under 40”, the Mollie Beattie Young Forester Leadership Award from the New England Society of American Foresters, and the Two Chief’s Partnership Award from the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Brad holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from Plymouth State University, graduating with honors. He is a licensed professional forester.
Brad resides in Hopkinton with his wife and two children.
Director, Division of Parks and Recreation
Philip Bryce is the Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation in the Department of Resources and Economic Development overseeing 92 state park properties and 800 full and part time employees. He has served as the President of the Fountains America and as the Director of the Division of Forests and Lands.
Phil has served on and led numerous Boards of governmental and non-governmental organizations over his career including chair of the Good Forestry in the Granite State steering committee, chair of the Technical Committee for Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Partnership Task Force and member of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program board. He also served on the board of trustees of the Forest Society as is a former president of the NH Timberland Owners Association. Phil received the Caroline Gross Fellowship for Public Service.
Phil resides in Deering, NH with his wife, Marge.