Fergus Cullen joined the Yankee Institute in 2009 as Executive Director. Before coming to Yankee, Fergus was chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, the youngest state chairman in the country when elected at age 34. His term included the nationally-watched first in the nation presidential primary and in the general election, his party defied national trends by gaining 17 seats in the state legislature.
He has managed statewide, congressional, and local political campaigns. Previously Fergus was an editorial page columnist for the Union Leader newspaper. He has also been published in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, and Runner’s World magazine among others. He has appeared as a commentator on numerous television and radio programs, including nationally broadcast interviews on C-SPAN, CNN, FOX, and most New England stations.
As a small business owner, Fergus built a contracting business to a million dollars in annual sales before selling that company.
A competitive distance runner with personal bests ranging from 15:23 for 5K to a 2:32 marathon, Fergus has been a high school boys and girls cross country running coach for ten years. He has hiked the Appalachian Trail across New H ampshire and is a member of the 4,000 Footer Club, having climbed all 48 such peaks throughout the White Mountains.
Fergus is a graduate of Yale College (BA, History, 1994) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Masters in Public Administration, 2002), where he was named a Littauer Fellow for academic achievement, contributions to the school, and potential in public service.
He and his wife, Jenny, are raising two sons.