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.