Chris Sununu was sworn in as the governor of New Hampshire on January 5, 2017.
Sununu served three terms on the New Hampshire Executive Council, representing 32 cities and towns. Sununu also was the CEO of Waterville Valley Resort in central New Hampshire. Before that, he was owner and director of Sununu Enterprises, a family business and strategic consulting group. He focused much of his time on local, national and international real estate development, venture technologies and business acquisitions.
Sununu grew up in Salem and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering. For 10 years, he worked to clean up hazardous waste sites. His father, John H. Sununu, served as the 75th Governor of New Hampshire. Sununu lives in Newfields with his wife, Valerie, and their three children, Calvin, Edie and Leo.
Valerie Sununu became the first lady of New Hampshire when her husband, Governor Christopher Sununu, was sworn in as New Hampshire’s 82nd governor on Jan. 5, 2017.
Mrs. Sununu grew up outside of Boston in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and attended high school in Swampscott, Massachusetts. She received an academic scholarship to attend Simmons College in Boston. Mrs. Sununu graduated with both a B.A. in Spanish language and literature and a B.A. in special education. Her first teaching job was for the Chelsea public schools where she had the opportunity to give back to her hometown community. She then moved across the country to establish the inaugural inclusion program in the public schools of Mill Valley, California. Mrs. Sununu returned to the East Coast to attend Harvard University’s School of Education where she earned her Ed.M. in human development and psychology in 2004.
Mrs. Sununu maintains a private practice as a learning specialist, focusing on children, ages 3-18. She has served on numerous civic and community committees and boards throughout her life and professional career.
As first lady, Mrs. Sununu works to raise awareness and increase funding for several causes that support education, childhood development, reading, local and small businesses, and addiction recovery. Mrs. Sununu currently serves as board president of the Friends of Bridges House (the New Hampshire executive residence).
The first lady and Governor Sununu met in college and married in 2001. They have three children: Calvin, Edith and Leonardo.
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