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Chandler Jones

Managing Director of CEI Ventures

About Chandler

Chandler is Managing Director of CEI Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of Maine based Community Development Finance Institution, Coastal Enterprises, Inc (CEI). CEI Ventures finances high impact, growth-oriented companies located in targeted communities in Maine and the Northeast, investing in a variety of sectors and stages. CEI Ventures uses equity financing to support CEI’s mission to build just, vibrant, and climate-resilient futures for people and communities.

As CEI Ventures’ Managing Director, Chandler assists a small but mighty team with investment prospecting, due diligence, deal closing, and portfolio company mentorship. Since 1996, CEI Ventures has raised 5 venture capital funds and invested in over 70 high growth companies. In addition to his work at CEI Ventures, Chandler supports CEI’s Sustainable Food Systems Program with investing in early-stage, high impact food systems businesses.

Chandler joined CEI Ventures’ as an intern in 2012 and has worked in several capacities across the family of organizations, including as Credit Analyst in CEI’s Loan Department. Prior to joining CEI, Chandler worked for a financial services firm in Portland, ME. Outside of CEI, Chandler can be found chasing his 3 kids around and enjoying the Maine outdoors either on skis, on his mountain bike, or on (and in) the water!


  • Michael’s College, B.A., Psychology
  • University of Southern Maine, MBA, concentration in finance.
Get To Know Chandler
What is unique about the town you grew up in?

I grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Cape Elizabeth is the home of Portland Headlight, the oldest lighthouse in Maine, and also was once considered the iceberg lettuce capital of the country!

If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?

I’d like to be able to run at the speed of light.

What was your first job?

As a kid I helped at my Uncle’s Fish and Farm Stand cleaning clams and vegetables and picking lobster meat.

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