About Us

The Granite Institute is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization based in Concord.

Harold Turner

Harold Turner
Chairman, Board of Directors

Harold Turner Jr., PE is President & CEO of The H.L. Turner Group Inc. of Concord, NH. His firm is a nationally recognized group of architects, engineers, and building scientists who work closely with clients to produce healthy, efficient, and sustainable design solutions. Today he is a leading advocate for the creation of Zero Net Energy building developments for their environmental, economic and energy security benefits to our country. His recently completely ROSE Cottage Project, a net zero residence, has received numerous awards and national recognition for design innovation.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire for 20 years and served on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Over his 40 year career in Engineering, he has also served on numerous civic and non-profit boards in New Hampshire. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Turner holds several US patents and has founded several related companies that specialize in the built environment. In 2003 he was named New Hampshire’s Engineer of the year.

Mr. Turner holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, Medford, MA, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett, NH.

J. Scott Moody, M.A.

J. Scott Moody, M.A.
Chief Executive Officer

J. Scott Moody has worked as a Public Policy Economist for over 18 years. He is the author, co-author and editor of 180 studies and books. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress as well as various state legislatures. His work has appeared in Forbes, CNN Money, State Tax Notes, Portland Press Herald, New Hampshire’s Union Leader, Hartford Courant, The Oklahoman, and Albuquerque Journal.

He was formerly the CEO and Chief Economist of the State Policy Network affiliated think tank The Maine Heritage Policy Center. He is currently Director of the Family Prosperity Initiative at the American Conservative Union Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. His professional experience includes positions as Senior Economist at The Tax Foundation and Senior Economist at The Heritage Foundation. Additionally, Scott was appointed to Maine’s Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission by Governor Paul LePage (R) in January 2011 and served for 4 years.

Moody is the co-creator of the Tax Foundation’s popular State Business Tax Climate Index, now in its fourteenth year of publication.

Moody received his Master of Arts in Economics from George Mason University.

Jody Underwood

Jody Underwood, Ph.D.
Education Fellow

Jody has served on the town of Croydon School Board since 2010. She was the chair for four years, until 2016 when she became the school board Secretary and School Choice Liaison. During that time, she completed the withdrawal from an AREA agreement and put into place a formal tuition agreement with the neighboring Newport school district, and met with superintendents and school board members from districts and private schools in the area about accepting Croydon students to their schools through informal tuition agreements.

Dr. Underwood received her B.S. in computer science from Hofstra University, her M.S. in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence from Rutgers University, and her Ph.D. in Education with a focus on cognitive science from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. She has conducted research and development around the use of technology in the classroom since 1987.