Jim Donchess of Nashua

On January 10, 2016, Jim Donchess was sworn in as the 56th Mayor of Nashua.

Jim’s vision as Mayor is of a thriving, innovative, and renewed Nashua – a city with opportunity for all, a city where everyone is welcome.

As Mayor, Jim is focusing on the economic growth of the community, on bringing much needed affordable and market-rate housing to our City, on strategies to ensure that all of Nashua’s children reach their full potential, on a stronger, greener infrastructure, and on the cultivation of a 21st century arts, cultural, and residential neighborhood in Nashua’s downtown.

Jim, together with his Economic Development team, has made significant progress in growing Nashua’s economy. Over the past three years, new and established employers have brought hundreds of new jobs to the city. And Jim is a strong advocate for commuter rail service between Nashua and Boston as an important component of Nashua’s economic development agenda.

Aside from his present mayoralty, Jim also served two terms as the 51st Mayor of Nashua, when the city was recognized by Money Magazine as the Best Place to Live in America.

Jim graduated from Yale where he majored in Art History and played varsity football. After college, he earned a law degree from NYU Law School with top academic honors. As a practicing attorney for many years in New Hampshire, Jim represented scores of plaintiffs in lawsuits involving claims of sexual harassment and employment discrimination based on gender, race, ethnic origin, age, and disability.

Jim and his wife Vicki have lived for many years in their home on Rockland Street. The other members of their family – beloved daughter Caroline, son-in-law David, first-grader grandchild Ajax, and preschooler grandchild Bear – live in Oakland, CA.


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