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Betsy Biemann

Chief Executive Officer CEI
Work Phone: 207.504.5858

Betsy serves as Chief Executive Officer of CEI, overseeing strategy development, finance and external relations and working closely with CEI’s board and the boards of CEI’s subsidiaries. Prior to succeeding Ron Phillips as the organization’s second CEO, Betsy led the Maine Food Cluster Project of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University and advised businesses, nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in Maine and nationally. From 2005 to 2012 she was President of the Maine Technology Institute, investing in Maine companies and initiatives seeking to grow high-potential sectors of Maine’s economy. Prior to her move to Maine, Betsy served as Associate Director at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, where she managed a national grant and investment program aiming to increase employment in low-income communities. She joined Rockefeller’s staff in 1996 after working in international development, principally in Africa. She earned her B.A. in biology and the history of science at Harvard University and her M.P.A. at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.  Betsy serves on the board, and is Treasurer, of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and regularly serves as a judge for national and state innovation and entrepreneurship competitions.