- Jeannette Andre President & CEO
Maine Philanthropy Center
- Angela ButlerSenior Vice President, Commercial Services Officer
Katahdin Trust Company
- Devin CookAssociate Director
MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
- Josh DavisCo-Founder & CEO
- John DorrerIndependent Consultant
Workforce Development Economics
- Catherine GodschalkVice President, Investments
Calvert Impact Capital
- Susan HammondExecutive 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
- Debby MillerVice President, External Relations
New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
- Chip Newell, ChairPartner
- 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 Shark, Vice ChairIndependent Consultant
Miriam Shark Consulting LLC
- Christa VelasquezProfessor
University of Chicago
- Briana WarnerPresident/CEO
Atlantic Sea Farms
- Ian YaffeExecutive Director
Mano en Mano
President & CEOMaine Philanthropy Center
Jeannette Andre was named President & CEO of the Maine Philanthropy center in 2019. She previously served as Deputy Director at the Lenny Zakim Fund in Boston, MA. For over 10 years, Ms. Andre has demonstrated her passion for building relationships and her commitment to championing effectiveness in the philanthropic sector. While at The Lenny Zakim Fund, Ms. Andre supported the mission to advance social justice by leading its grantmaking, leadership development, and capacity building work. Prior to joining The Lenny Zakim Fund, Ms. Andre held positions with Social Venture Partners in Seattle, WA and the Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, DC. Ms. Andre also supports the sector as a member of The Philanthropy Connection, a women-led collective giving organization, and as a design team member for the Social Justice Funders Network. She is a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and a Grantmakers of Color affinity group.
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.
Associate DirectorMIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
Devin Cook is Associate Director at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE). Previously, she co-founded and led the IDE’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge, a $1.5 million future of work prize for startups. A Fulbright Scholar, she researched entrepreneurship and economic development among textile artisans in India. She has conducted research with MIT innovation and entrepreneurship faculty, worked at multiple start-ups, mentored over 100 start-up founders, and teaches entrepreneurship at accelerators nationwide. Devin is an Advisory Board member of Humans for AI, a Jurist for the INDEX: Award – the world’s largest design prize, and a board member of the Maine Women’s Fund. She earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was awarded the Ronald I. Heller Award for her contribution to entrepreneurship education on campus.
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.
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, is 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 holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Maine at Orono. He is active in coaching youth sports (soccer, basketball and baseball) in Cumberland County. Scott joined the 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.
Vice President, External RelationsNew Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Debby Miller joined the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund in April 2013, taking on the role of Vice President of External Relations. She oversees the organization’s philanthropy, marketing and communications and public policy efforts.
In 2010 she joined More Than Wheels as Executive Director and was responsible for marketing efforts that focus on building strong partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, and government to increase awareness of More Than Wheels’ services around New Hampshire.
Debby served as Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Affairs in New England for Citizens Bank. Promoted to this position in 2005, she was responsible for overseeing public and community relations, media relations, internal communications, special events, charitable contributions, marketing sponsorships and government affairs for the New England region.
In addition, she was responsible for the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act activities and programs throughout its 13-state footprint. She began her time with Citizens in 1993 and was responsible for leading efforts to obtain Outstanding CRA ratings from the FDIC in 1999 and 2003.
During her tenure at Citizens, Debby was responsible for developing a number of award-winning initiatives including the Champions in Action program. The Champions program coupled an unrestricted grant to a non-profit organization with promotional support provided by a media partner. She created this program in direct response to hearing from small nonprofit organizations that their need for publicity was often just as great as their need for financial support. As a result, Champions received free public service announcements, printed brochures and posters, promotion in all Citizens branch locations, and promotion on all Citizens ATM machines.
An active volunteer, Debby has served on the board of directors of many organizations. She currently serves as the chair of the board of trustees for Winston-Salem State University and the past chair of Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA. n addition, she was appointed by Governor Jeanne Shaheen to serve as a trustee for the University System of New Hampshire where she chaired the External Affairs Committee.
She has received numerous awards in recognition of her leadership as well as her work in the community. In 2003, she was named one of New Hampshire’s Remarkable Women by New Hampshire Magazine. She was also honored with the Susan B. Anthony Award from the Manchester YWCA in 2005. Most recently Miller received the Leading Women Award from the Girl Scouts Patriots’ Trail Council in 2007 and was inducted into the Academy of Women’s Achievers at the YWCA Boston in 2008.
She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Affairs and Economics.
Chip Newell, Chair
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.
Miriam Shark, Vice Chair
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.
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.
President/CEOAtlantic Sea Farms
Briana has dedicated her life to doing well by doing good. She is passionate about our incredible home state of Maine and working with our partner farmers to help create a more resilient and thriving coast. Since taking over as CEO at Atlantic Sea Farms in 2018, she and her team have expanded the company to work with 24 partner farmers from Portland to Eastport. Bri has followed a winding path that brought her to kelp – including serving several tours as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, starting and selling a wholesale bakery in Portland focused on pies with an international flair and employing recent refugees resettled to the area, and creating the first Economic Development programming suite at the Maine-based Island Institute. She is an avid gardener, an obsessive cook, and a proud mother of two rad sons. In 2020, Bri was named an Eating Well Magazine Food Hero, awarded the Specialty Foods Association’s Business Leadership Award, and had the honor of sitting on several state, national, and global aquaculture and business policy boards. She also believes that she happens to lead the very best team of people in the natural foods space – and challenges you to prove her wrong.
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.