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Elizabeth McCormack loves it in this 'family-centric' state


CONCORD — New Hampshire transplant Elizabeth E. D. McCormack, 33, says she loves her adopted state and strives to be a part of what makes the Granite State so great.


"It's very family-centric and truly community based. There is a lot of thought around loving where you live and being proud of it," McCormack said.


McCormack grew up in the Chicago area. She met her husband, Mike, while they were both attending law school in Boston.


Mike is from New Hampshire and moved to Concord to work for a firm after he graduated from law school.


A year later in 2005, McCormack graduated from law school, took the bar exam, married Mike and moved to Concord.


"You name it, we did it that year," she said.


She had grown to love Boston, so it was hard leaving it behind, but she soon found Concord to be a thriving city full of opportunities.


Over the years McCormack has volunteered for a diverse group of nonprofits in the area. She is currently trustee and secretary of the board of trustees for The Friends Program. Through the program, which provides adults mentors for children, she also was a mentor to a little girl in Laconia, she said.


She previously served as a director on the boards of Intown Concord, the Concord Historical Society and the Concord Chorale, singing with the latter group. She has also served as state representative for the International Council of Shopping Centers in lobbying on Capital Hill for business-friendly legislation for the retail community.


To McCormack, supporting her adopted state also means working for a thriving company based here. In 2011 she joined national retailer and Merrimack-based Brookstone, where she is currently operational vice president of human resources and corporate counsel.


She loves that the company has "always remained with its roots in New Hampshire" and offers young people jobs that will keep them in New Hampshire and not seeking work out of state.


Since her twin boys, 20-month-old Brayden and Keegan, were born, McCormack has had to cut back on some of her volunteer work, she said.


"They are my life. They are the light of my life," she said. "They are just very active, very happy, energetic, funny, silly boys."


But her boys only spur her on to continue her efforts to keep New Hampshire a bustling and culturally and economically vital state, she said. "Truly, though I'm a transplant, truly I have adopted New Hampshire as my state and want to make it better for my children in the future."


She considers her key current professional challenge as maintaining a work-life balance while raising twins and working as counsel to a national retail company.

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