- Angela ButlerSenior Vice President, Commercial Services Officer
Katahdin Trust Company
- Josh DavisCo-Founder & CEO
- John DorrerIndependent Consultant
Workforce Development Economics
- Catherine GodschalkVice President, Investments
Calvert Impact Capital
- Karin GregoryGeneral Partner
Blue Highway Capital
- Susan Hammond, Vice ChairExecutive Director
Four Directions Development Corporation
- Michael High, Legal CounselAttorney
- Scott KenneySenior Vice President
Farm Credit East
- Kevin LewisCEO
Community Health Options
- Beth MattinglyAssistant Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- Justin MaxsonExecutive Director
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
- Chip NewellPartner
- Regina PhillipsCoordinator, Grants and Community Engagement
Westbrook School Dept
- Cordelia PitmanDirector of Preconstruction Services
Wright-Ryan Construction Inc.
- Charles RudelitchExecutive Director
Sunrise County Economic Council
- Miriam SharkIndependent Consultant
Miriam Shark Consulting LLC
- Stewart SmithOwner
Lakeside Family Farm
- Christa Velasquez, ChairProfessor
University of Chicago
- Ian YaffeExecutive Director
Mano en Mano
Senior Vice President, Commercial Services OfficerKatahdin Trust Company
Angela Butler is the Senior Vice President, Commercial Services, for Katahdin Trust Company, in Bangor, Maine. Prior to joining Katahdin Trust in 2016, she worked as a commercial banker in Maine for People’s United Bank and its predecessor, Merrill Bank for twenty-two years. She has extensive experience with low income housing tax credit and state historic tax credit financing as well as commercial lending in the medical, manufacturing, logging and agriculture sectors in Central and Northern Maine. She serves on several boards in the Bangor region, including Community Health & Counseling Services, Bangor Children’s Home, and the Bangor Soccer Club. Angela graduated from Colby College with a B.A in Administrative Science, with minors in Mathematics and Education. She lives in Bangor.
Co-Founder & CEOGelato Fiasco
Joshua Davis (Resident and Business Leader), Brunswick, is the co-founder and CEO of Gelato Fiasco, which he established when he was 24 years old. Gelato Fiasco operates two stores in Maine and offers its Maine-made, all-natural gelato for sale in thousands of grocery stores across the United States. Josh oversees the company’s targeted growth, including its most recent $2.3 million expansion of its Flavor Foundry in Brunswick, and leads a team of about 50 employees. With his co-founder, he was named as the Small Business Administration’s Young Entrepreneur for New England for 2014. Josh has been quoted by Reuters, MSNBC, and CNN/Money, and Gelato Fiasco has been featured in Bon Appetit, the Boston Globe, and O: The Oprah Magazine. Joined CEI board in 2016.
Independent ConsultantWorkforce Development Economics
John Dorrer is a labor economist and consultant focused on human capital development who has worked at the local, state and national level in leadership, executive and technical roles over the past 35 years. Most recently, he served as Senior Advisor at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, where he helped organize a multi-state consortium of state policymakers, academic economists and data scientists to examine links between state education and training investments with economic and labor market performance. He has been a Senior Fellow at Jobs for the Future (Boston), Acting Commissioner and Center for Workforce Research and Information Director for the Maine Department of Labor, and Deputy Director, Workforce Development Programs, at the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington D.C. He serves as a Board Member for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, on the Research Committee of the Maine Economic Focus Initiative and on the Alfond Leaders Advisory Committee. Dorrer received a M.S. degree in Resource Economics and B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Brunswick, Maine.
Vice President, InvestmentsCalvert Impact Capital
Catherine Godschalk, Vice President, Investments, Calvert Impact Capital, Bethesda, MD, Catherine manages Calvert Impact Capital’s Investments team and the more than $350 million global portfolio of impact investments aimed at building, scaling, and strengthening intermediaries and structured funds tackling social and/or environmental challenges. Calvert Impact Capital’s private debt portfolio is invested through and alongside mission-driven financial intermediaries, funds, and enterprises working across an array of impact areas, including affordable housing, renewable energy, environmental sustainability, micro and small business finance, health, education, and sustainable agriculture. Since joining Calvert Impact Capital in 2011 Catherine and her team have more the doubled the size of the portfolio. Catherine has spent 25 years working at the intersection of private capital and social impact, with program and product development, policy, and financing roles across a variety of institutions, including SH Cowell Foundation, the White House Office of Management and Budget, Fannie Mae Corporation, and Self Help Ventures Fund. She serves on the loan committees for ROC USA Capital and Appalachian Community Capital. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and received her BA from Columbia University.
General PartnerBlue Highway Capital
Karin A. Gregory (Resident and Business Leader), Biddeford, ME and Boston, MA. B.A. Biochem-Psychology, Wells College, M.P.H. Health Services, Boston University, J.D., University of New Hampshire School of Law. Karin co-founded Furman Gregory LLC, where her practice focused on the life sciences, food and nutrition areas. She has been active in the early stage venture capital and angel investment industries since 1998 as a lawyer and as a partner in a venture capital fund in Boston, as an angel investor, as a member of Maine Angels and as past board member at Maine Venture Fund. Ms. Gregory currently serves as the CEI Ventures board Chairperson. She is the Vice Chairperson of the University of New England board, is on the board of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, serves on the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Food and Nutritional Supplement committee in Washington, DC and serves on many community-based commissions and boards. Joined CEI’s board in 2014.
Susan Hammond, Vice Chair
Executive DirectorFour Directions Development Corporation
Susan Hammond (Resident and Civic Leader), Bangor, BS in Business Administration, University of Maine at Orono. She completed training from the National Development Council, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. A Penobscot Nation tribal member, Susan is the long-standing Executive Director of Four Directions Development Corporation, a Native-governed Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving the four tribes of Maine. As one of the founders, Ms. Hammond has been involved with FDDC since the earliest planning stages which began in the fall of 2000. Ms. Hammond graduated from the Ms. Hammond is well connected in both the Native American and non-Native communities. Prior to Four Directions, she worked for the Penobscot tribe for ten years in various positions including the Vocation Education Coordinator for the Economic Development Department, the Financial Manager for the Health Department and the Director of the Tribal Housing Authority. She served on the Penobscot Nation Tribal Council from 1996 to 2004. She was president of the Board of Alnabak Corporation, which was the parent company of Olamon Industries, a tribally-affiliated plastic injection molding company. In 2003, Ms. Hammond was awarded the Maine SBA Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. She is the first-ever recipient of the Visionary Leader Award from the Opportunity Finance Network/Oweesta Corporation in 2006 and in 2010 received the Circle of Honor Award from the Opportunity Finance Network / Oweesta Corporation. Joined CEI board in 2016.
Michael High, Legal Counsel
Senior Vice PresidentFarm Credit East
Scott Kenney (Resident and Business Leader), Gray, B.S., University of Maine at Orono, M.S. University of Maine at Orono. Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Farm Credit East. Scott currently leads the middle market lending efforts in Maine, New Hampshire and Eastern Massachusetts for Farm Credit East’s commercial lending group. Scott is active in coaching youth sports (soccer, basketball and baseball) in Cumberland County. Joined CEI board in 2014.
CEOCommunity Health Options
Kevin Lewis (Resident and Business Leader), Winthrop, earned his Bachelor’s from Dartmouth College (1991), and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan (1995). Kevin is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Options (Health Options), a private, non-profit health plan that is partnering with consumers, businesses and health professionals to achieve the Triple Aim. Health Options is a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) and offers a range of qualified health plans both on and off the Health Insurance Marketplace for individuals, families and businesses throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Prior to starting Health Options, Kevin was the CEO of the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA), the statewide organization of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) from 2002 to 2012. From 2000 to 2002, Kevin was the Director of Continuing Care at the Maine Hospital Association. Kevin previously served as the lobbyist and a budget and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Kevin serves on the Board of HealthInfoNet, the Executive Committee of the National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs, and has served as the Co-Chair of the AHA Central Maine Heart Walk 2014-15. Joined CEI board in 2016.
Assistant Vice PresidentFederal Reserve Bank of Boston
Beth Mattingly, Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Beth Mattingly is assistant vice president of community development research and communications at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank, Beth served as director of research on vulnerable families at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Her interests center on women, children, and family well-being. Her work examines child poverty and how different family policies affect rural, suburban, and urban families and how growing up in poverty influences life outcomes. Beth’s research also looks at obstacles to stabilities in family life and how state and federal policies may better support children and families. Beth is also a research consultant for the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. As a research consultant she works on a host of projects including developing innovative poverty measures like the California Poverty Measure and research toward understanding Hispanic poverty and inequality. Beth has published in several academic journals, including Social Forces and Journal of Marriage and Family, and in edited volumes. Her work has been featured in Time magazine, Real Simple magazine, USA Today, and other media outlets. In addition, she has appeared on National Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, and California Public Radio to discuss her research. Beth completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Family Research Lab at the University of New Hampshire and received her master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Maryland. She has an undergraduate degree in geography from Dartmouth College.
Executive DirectorMary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Justin Maxson, Executive Director, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Winston-Salem, NC. Justin Maxson manages the overall operations of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, leads staff in developing strategy and initiatives to accomplish its mission and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. Before joining MRBF, Justin served for 13 years as President of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), a multi-strategy community economic development organization based in Berea, Kentucky. There, he managed strategy development, fundraising and programs, including small enterprise lending and technical assistance solutions, energy efficiency support strategies and targeted research and policy efforts. Prior to his work at MACED, he was founding Executive Director of the Progressive Technology Project. Justin has also been a yearlong fellow at the Sustainability Institute and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. He served at the Kentucky Governor’s request on the Kentucky Climate Action Planning Committee and the planning committee for Shaping Our Appalachian Region, a regional development planning process. He has a master’s degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, both in Anthropology.
Chip Newell (Resident), Portland. AB Bowdoin College in Economics and MBA in Finance and accounting from Rutgers University. Chip is a principal in The NewHeight Group, a real estate development and marketing consulting firm. In the spring of 2015, NewHeight is completing development of 118 on Munjoy Hill, a 12-unit condominium building that is bringing a new level of building quality and energy efficiency to Portland’s multifamily market. Chip has been on the board of CEI Notes for several years and is currently on the board and Treasurer of The Maine Center of Economic Development. He is also on the board of Community Housing of Maine, on the finance committee for the Boothbay Region Land Trust and is on the Maine Community Foundation Cumberland County Committee.
Coordinator, Grants and Community EngagementWestbrook School Dept
Regina Phillips (Resident and Civic Leader), Portland, BA in Psychology, Curry College, Milton, MA; currently attending the University of New England’s Masters of Social Work program. Regina is the Refugee Services Program Coordinator for the City of Portland. Regina has worked for the city for approximately 19 years, starting her tenure there at the City’s homeless family shelter. Regina supervises a multi-cultural/multi-lingual staff that provides case management, housing, employment, life skills and services to new Americans. Prior to working for the City she ran a Head Start/Child Care center for a CAP agency. She serves on the Board for United Way of Greater Portland and previously served on the Board of Family Crisis Services. She is a long standing member and Executive Committee participant of the Greater Portland Chapter of the NAACP. Joined CEI board in 2016.
Director of Preconstruction ServicesWright-Ryan Construction Inc.
Cordelia Pitman (Resident and Business Leader), Portland. B.A. Middlebury College, March. Columbia University GSAPP. Architect. Currently Director of Preconstruction Services at Wright-Ryan Construction in Portland. Prior to that, Project Architect at Winton Scott Architects, Portland Maine. Member & Chair Portland Historic Preservation Board 11 years. Member Board of Directors Greater Portland Landmarks. Joined CEI board in 2013.
Executive DirectorSunrise County Economic Council
Charles Rudelitch joined the Sunrise Economic Development Council as Executive Director in May 2014. A Harrington native, Charles has a long history with the Council, having interned with SCEC in the late 1990s and serving on its Board during the early 2000s. He has earned degrees in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University; Resource Economics & Policy from the University of Maine; as well as a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law. Prior to joining SCEC, Charles served as the Staff Attorney for Pine Tree Legal in Hancock & Washington counties. In addition to the legal field, he has worked in economic and community development for the towns of Bridgton, Fort Kent, and Guilford, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe, along with the Eastern Maine Development Corporation.
Independent ConsultantMiriam Shark Consulting LLC
Miriam Shark is an independent consultant working from Portland, Maine to help organizations achieve their visions of excellence. Over a twenty-five-year career at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Miriam assumed wide-ranging management and programmatic responsibilities across issue areas of family, community and opportunity. Among these were the creation of the Rural Family Economic Success (RuFES) portfolio, the launch of Casey’s two-generation approach to reducing poverty, and the leadership of the Philanthropy Engagement portfolio. Prior to joining the Casey Foundation, Miriam was a Director at the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission where she oversaw health finance, and director of the Child Outpatient Department at Washington County Human Services, a mental health center in Oakdale, Minnesota. Miriam has an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. Louis University and an M.P.A. from Harvard University. Miriam currently serves on the boards of the Forum of Regional Associations of Philanthropy, the William J. Clinton Center on Community Philanthropy and Health Care Without Harm. She lives in Portland, Maine.
OwnerLakeside Family Farm
Stewart Smith, Lakeside Family Farm, Newport, ME. Dr. Stewart Smith is Professor Emeritus of Sustainable Agriculture Policy at the University of Maine, where his teaching and research focused on sustainable agriculture and sustainable development. But that title represents only part of his life. When Stew graduated from Yale University with an economics degree in 1959, he knew he wanted to focus on agriculture and rural places, probably because he was raised on a farm in rural Maine. But he did not want to restrict his work to a single occupation. He decided first to get his hands dirty in farming, and then take that experience to academe and government. Stew purchased his paternal grandparents farm in Exeter in 1961 where he started growing potatoes for processing. He was elected a director of the Maine Potato Council (now the Maine Potato Board) and its president in the mid-1960s. In 1965 he and three other central Maine potato farmers formed a storage and marketing firm, Sebasticook Packers, for which Stew served as director and president; Sebasticook Packers developed a substantial market for Maine potatoes for chip manufacture. Always interested and active in politics and government, Stew was elected to the 106th Maine Legislature in 1972 where he served on the Committee on Natural Resources. In the 1970s, Stew pursued graduate work at the University of Connecticut, receiving a PhD In Agricultural Economics in 1977. Leaving the farm, he joined the Carter administration as Associate Administrator of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service at USDA (now the Farm Service Agency). He returned to Maine as Commissioner of Agriculture in 1979 in the Brennan administration, where he developed the foundation for an alternative farming system which is now recognized as local agriculture. He left government in 1985, when he went to Tufts University School of Nutrition as the Luce Professor of Agriculture and Society. In 1993 he went to the University of Maine as the Professor of Sustainable Agriculture Policy after a two-year stint as Senior Economist at the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. In addition to his own work he has served on numerous boards including the Maine Sustainable Agricultural Society, Maine Agricultural Loan Fund Advisory Committee, Farms for the Future Advisory Council, the Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, The Land Institute’s Sunshine Farm Advisory Committee, and Wolfes Neck Farm Foundation Board. His work with Ag of the Middle, a movement to support the viability of mid-scale farms, led him to return to the farm. In 2006 he and his wife Sarah Redfield started Lakeside Family Farm in Newport, producing and distributing mixed vegetables to wholesale markets in Maine. And Stew insists this will be his final vocational project before real retirement.
Christa Velasquez, Chair
ProfessorUniversity of Chicago
Christa Velasquez (Civic Leader), Chicago, IL. B.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Chicago; M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. Christa Velasquez is an independent consultant and a recognized leader in the impact investing field. She advises foundations on impact investing strategies and program design including developing investment strategies, overall portfolio construction, strategies specific to asset class or issue area as well as individual transactions. In addition to her independent work, Christa is a senior advisor at The Giving Practice, the consulting arm of Philanthropy Northwest. She is also a lecturer at the University of Chicago where she teaches on the business of nonprofits and the evolving social sector. Prior to her consulting work, Christa completed a fellowship at the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. For nine years, Christa was the Director of Social Investments at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization whose principal mission is to help build better futures for disadvantaged children and families in the US. She was responsible for managing the foundation’s $125 million social investment fund. In addition to the investment portfolio she helped develop the impact investing field and was a co-founder of the More for Mission Campaign and the PRI Makers Network (now the Mission Investors Exchange). Joined CEI board in 2013.
Executive DirectorMano en Mano
Ian Yaffe (Resident and Civic Leader), Ellsworth. A.B. Latin American Studies & Education, Bowdoin College. Currently Executive Director of Mano en Mano / Hand in Hand in Milbridge (Washington County) and Boatswain’s Mate in U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Ian joined Mano en Mano’s staff in 2010 shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College where he founded Food Forward, a student organization that recycles food and educates the community about fighting hunger and its causes. At Mano en Mano, Ian led construction of Maine’s first affordable housing project for farmworkers (Hand in Hand Apartments) and oversees several educational programs across Washington County for migrant workers. He has participated in the Maine Nonprofit Leadership Institute as well as the Maine Leadership Forum for Sustainable Food Systems. Currently, Ian serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maine at Machias. He joined CEI’s board in 2014.