About Crystal Paradis

headshot of councilor with dogI live up on “the hill” here in Somersworth, on Noble Street, with my dog, Daisy. I ran for City Council to help my neighbors better understand how their city works, and to represent all of Somersworth responsibly. Since I come from a background in communications and digital marketing, having a strong, responsive online presence is one way I approach being accessible and transparent to my constituents. Another way I stay accessible is holding “Coffee with a Councilor” meetups every Saturday before a City Council meeting week (see calendar of events on my Facebook Page or view all City Council meeting dates on the City website calendar).

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how we can serve you better on the Council, or answer any questions you may have about municipal issues. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does. All of my contact information is listed on the City website, on Channel 22 (if you don’t have local TV, you can watch Council meetings, etc., online here) and of course here on my website and social media channels. I look forward to serving you and working together with my wonderful colleagues on the Council, the Mayor, City Manager and our great City staff to build a better Somersworth for us all!

A little bit more about me…


– New Hampshire’s Progressive of the Year, NH Young Democrats, 2019

– Social Venture Innovation Challenge Finalist, UNH’s College of Social Innovation & Enterprise, 2018

– 10 to Watch recipient, Seacoast Media Group & Catapult Seacoast, 2015

– Act of Boldness award, All*Above All, 2015

Boards & Volunteer roles:

– Co-Founder, Grassroots Gardening Club

– Board member, SOS Recovery Community Organization

– Co-Founder, Tri-City Repro Justice 4 All Coalition

– Vice Chair, Somersworth Democratic Committee

– Volunteer, Planned Parenthood Action Fund NH

– Volunteer, Families First Health & Support Center

– Volunteer, Rights & Democracy

– Social Media Corps, RESULTS: The Power to End Poverty

– Founder: Portsmouth Breakfast Club

– Founder & Co-Curator, Let’s Talk About the Heroin Epidemic event-turned-series, The Music Hall

– Board member, Seacoast Social Media

– Board member, NH Writers’ Project

– Board member, Portsmouth Historic Society

– Board member, 7 Stages Shakespeare Company

A Sampling of Employment History:

Current role: Director of Strategic Communications & Community Engagement: New Hampshire Women’s Foundation

– Founder & Lead Organizer: Feminist Oasis, LLC

– Freelance Copywriter & Digital Marketing Consultant

– Field Organizer, Exeter: NH Democratic Party, 2016

– Director of Communications, Copywriter, Content Strategist, Social Media Strategist, PR & publicist: various Seacoast marketing & design agencies

– Barista, Dishwasher, Administrative Assistant, Lab worker: your favorite local eateries, cafés & photo shops

– Dog sitter: friends, neighbors, start-up doggy day care centers

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