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N.H. Legal Assistance appoints new executive director

  • Sarah Palermo—Courtesy


Monitor staff
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Sarah Mattson Dustin was named the new executive director of New Hampshire Legal Assistance, the nonprofit announced Tuesday.

The Hopkinton resident moves into the position Nov. 13. She takes over for former executive director Lynne Parker, who is moving to a new position as head of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.

Mattson Dustin worked for NHLA from 2006 to 2017. Since June 2017, she has been policy director for the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation.

Mattson Dustin led NHLA’s legislative and regulatory advocacy work from 2010 to 2017. She was director of the Health Law Collaborative from 2008 to 2011.

Parker announced her departure in August and a search committee began evaluating candidates. Mattson Dustin, a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School, “brings a unique breadth of experience, from providing direct legal services to individuals to leading systemic advocacy that improved the lives of thousands,” said Deborah Kane Rein, NHLA Board co-chairwoman.

NHLA is a nonprofit civil legal aid program that serves low-income and elderly clients in individual cases. The organization  has offices in Concord, Manchester,  Berlin, Claremont and Portsmouth