The Concord Coalition is a nationwide, non-partisan, grassroots organization advocating generationally responsible fiscal policy. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by the late former Senator Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.), former Senator Warren Rudman (R-N.H.), and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson.
The Concord Coalition is dedicated to educating the public about the causes and consequences of large-and-growing federal budget deficits and national debt, the long-term challenges facing the economy and how to build a sound fiscal future for all generations. The Concord Coalition’s national field staff and volunteer Fiscal Lookouts cover the country, hosting lectures, facilitating interactive exercises, conducting classes, giving media interviews and briefing elected officials and their staffs.
The Concord Coalition takes its name from a heroic battle of the American Revolution. In the Spring of 1775, ordinary people, mostly farmers called Minutemen, answered a call to arms. They courageously stood together in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, against thousands of British soldiers, and successfully turned them back to Boston. Although many years of tough fighting and terrible sacrifice lay ahead, these brave Americans kept at it against overwhelming odds because they had a vision of the grand nation they wanted for their future and for generations to come.
The Concord Coalition began in the early 1990’s as the voice of the many concerned citizens who were motivated, like the Minutemen at Concord, to take a stand for America and speak out against the policies that have placed this great nation in financial jeopardy. The late former Senators Warren Rudman (R-N.H.) and Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.), and former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson led the effort to help organize these citizens together without regard to party affiliation. These volunteers still thrive decades later and are now ably led by our current Co-Chairs former Senators John Danforth and Bob Kerrey, and former Representatives Michael Castle and John Tanner.
Meet our team
We are run by a small team of dedicated staff, many of whom have been with the organization since the early days after our founding. Our success depends upon the leadership of our board of directions, the expertise of our policy experts, the inspiration of our grassroots organizers, and the passion of our volunteers around the country.
Board of Directors
The Concord Coalition’s board of directors sets the strategic direction of the organization and advises on policy implications and opportunities for American citizens to impact the budgeting process. The board membership includes many former members of Congress who are intimately familiar with the political challenges inherent in balancing the budget and are keenly aware of the importance of public engagement in creating a culture of fiscal responsibility in Washington.
HON. MICHAEL CASTLE
HON. JOHN DANFORTH
HON. BOB KERREY
HON. JOHN TANNER
HON. PETER G. PETERSON
HON. WARREN B. RUDMAN
HON. PAUL E. TSONGAS
- Paul A. Allaire
- Hon. Evan Bayh, III
- Hon. Charles A. Bowsher
- Roger E. Brinner
- John E. “Buck” Chapoton
- Hanna Holborn Gray
- Evan G. Greenberg
- Hon. Judd A. Gregg
- Donald Marron
- Hon. J. Alex McMillan
- Harvey M. Meyerhoff
- Hon. Sam Nunn
- Hon. Timothy J. Penny
- Martha Phillips
- Hon. Charles S. Robb
- Hon. Robert E. Rubin
- Hon. Charles W. Stenholm
- John G. Turner
- Mark Weinberger
- Clint Zweifel
We are run by a small team of dedicated staff, many of whom have been with the organization since the early days after our founding. Our success depends upon the leadership of our board of directors, the expertise of our policy experts, the inspiration of our grassroots organizers, and the passion of our volunteers around the country.
These are local leaders who work to coordinate Concord activities and conduct chart talks and exercises.
Florida State Director
Bobbie Munroe, based just outside Tallahassee, is a long-time supporter and has served in multiple volunteer roles for The Concord Coalition both in Florida and Georgia. She owns Fraser Financial, a financial planning firm with offices in Atlanta and Tallahassee. She has been an officer and board member of various professional associations.
Indiana Volunteer State Director
Kevin Wiley has been active with The Concord Coalition since the mid-1990s, playing key roles in Indiana public forums on U.S. fiscal affairs. These include programs at universities including Purdue, Valparaiso and Ball State. He annually presents Concord’s educational programs at Ball State University’s Bowen Institute for Political Participation.
Maryland Volunteer State Director
Gayle Gerdes has over 10 years of government relations experience and is a former staffer for The Concord Coalition, having served as a regional director. In that role she organized and led educational events alongside members of Congress, coordinated town hall meetings, did news media interviews, wrote op-ed pieces, and developed relationships with local community organizations.
Chairman, Concord Coalition’s Minnesota Advisory Committee
Joe Spartz, president of the Greater Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), became involved with The Concord Coalition in 2017 when he helped organize an educational program on the national debt for the business community.
NORTH CAROLINA COORDINATOR
Marjorie Dufek is president of Amiga Marketing LLC, a marketing consulting firm. She volunteers as the North Carolina coordinator for The Concord Coalition, among other public policy activities. She has been a supporter of Concord since its founding in 1992. From 1992 to 1998, she volunteered as the Kentucky state coordinator.