MECEP Staff Bios

Sarah Austin, Policy Analyst

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Sarah is MECEP’s policy lead on tax and budget issues. She conducts research and impact analyses, writes educational materials, and collaborates with partners. Sarah is skilled in data collection, research, and statistical and policy analysis. Sarah holds a master’s of public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s of science in environmental policy from Maine’s Unity College.

Tel: 207.620-1104          Email: saustin[at]mecep[dot]org

Marpheen Chann-Berry, Campaign and Digital Communications Coordinator

Marpheen Chann-Berry websiteMarpheen coordinates our issue campaign strategies and communications to a variety of audiences, including the public, lawmakers, and allies as well as donors and foundations. Marpheen holds a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, is completing his M.A. in public policy at the Muskie School of Public Service, and received his B.A. in political science from the University of Southern Maine.

Tel: 207.620-1128          Email: mchann[at]mecep[dot]org

Jody Harris, Associate Director


Jody provides financial management, oversees grants administration, and manages board relations, and serves as MECEP’s policy lead on working poor families. She has 30 years of experience in public management serving in policy roles in Maine state government under four governors and as town manager in two Maine towns. She has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Maine.

Tel: 207.620.1105          Email: jharris[at]mecep[dot]org 

Garrett Martin, Executive Director


Garrett provides oversight and guidance for MECEP’s policy development, research methodologies, and analytical techniques, forming conclusions and determining policy solutions. Garrett has extensive experience in economic research, policy development, community economic development, and philanthropic fund management. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University with a concentration in economics and public policy analysis.

Tel: 207.620.1101          Email: gmartin[at]mecep[dot]org 

Megan Michaud, Senior Associate

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Megan provides project and event management and assists with implementing communications and development strategies. Megan is experienced in policy development and legislative advocacy having worked for nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill as legislative staff. Megan graduated from Colby College with a degree in anthropology and a minor in math.

Tel: 207.620.1102          Email: mmichaud[at]mecep[dot]org 

James Myall, Policy Analyst

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James is MECEP’s lead on labor and workforce issues and education and health care policy. He conducts research and impact analyses, writes educational materials, and collaborates with partners. James is skilled in data collection, research, and statistical and policy analysis. He has a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of Southern Maine and a master’s degree in ancient history and archaeology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Tel: 207.620-1103          Email: jmyall[at]mecep[dot]org

Mark Sullivan, Communications Consultant


Mark advises and helps to manage MECEP’s media relations, disseminates MECEP research and analysis, and maintains MECEP’s core messaging through public outreach, website and new media, and promotional activities. Mark is a seasoned communications and public policy professional, having served for 13 years as communications director and senior policy advisor to Congressman Tom Allen. He studied for his master’s of arts from Old Dominion University where he was named a Dominion Fellow.

Tel: 207.671.0542          Email: msullivan[at]mecep[dot]org