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Sarah (she/her) 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.
Dan (he/him) leads communications strategies that advance MECEP’s policy and legislative goals and shape the public debate on equity, inclusivity, and economic justice.
He has more than a decade of experience in creative storytelling and content production, message development, media relations, and maximizing the visibility of organizations. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University.
Jody (she/her) provides financial management, oversees grants administration, and manages board relations, and serves as MECEP’s policy lead on consumer finance protections.
She has over 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.
Garrett (he/him) is responsible for ensuring that MECEP delivers on its mission in all aspects of its work. He is principally involved in the development, implementation, and funding of organization strategy and supports MECEP staff in policy analysis and solutions development.
Garrett has extensive experience in economic research, policy development, community economic development, and philanthropic fund management. He is a Truman Scholar and holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University with a concentration in economics and public policy analysis.
Megan (she/her) leads MECEP’s strategic outreach and partnerships with key stakeholders and allies. She also oversees legislative and advocacy work and assists in event planning and development strategies.
Megan spent more than a decade working in federal tax and budget policy in Washington, D.C., including more than 9 years on Capitol Hill, before returning home to Maine. Megan graduated from Colby College with a degree in anthropology and a minor in math.
James (he/him) is MECEP’s lead on the inclusive economy, including research on labor issues, gender and racial equity, and health care policy.
James conducts research and impact analyses, writes educational materials, and collaborates with partners. He is skilled in data collection, research, and statistical and policy analysis. He studied public policy and management at the University of Southern Maine and holds a master’s degree in ancient history and archaeology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Karin (she/her) facilitates outreach and communications with partners, advocacy groups, and policymakers to build durable support for economic justice.
Karin has a background in grassroots organizing and creating tools that build a more informed and engaged electorate. A former documentary filmmaker, Karin holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College.
Maura (she/her) works on tax expenditures and local issues.
After over a decade of working on reviews of federal and state programs to help improve their efficacy, she spent several years as a volunteer organizer and activist. Maura graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s degree in public policy, and the University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in political science.
Arthur (he/him) works on MECEP’s inclusive economy portfolio and leads outreach and advocacy on labor issues.
Arthur worked for seven years as a researcher and campaign strategist with the hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE. Before that, he conducted research published by the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in economics from McGill University.
Josie (she/they) conducts research into Maine’s tax and budget system and economy.
She started her career in public policy research at the Oklahoma Policy Institute, focusing on labor and economic issues while leading the organization’s first advocacy initiative centered on Oklahoma’s LGBTQ+ population. Her professional passions are researching how to create a resilient, prosperous, and sustainable economy for all and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. Josie received a Bachelor’s in Economics and International Area Studies from the University of Oklahoma.
Cara (she/her) develops and executes MECEP’s digital program and leads production and design of MECEP’s policy and campaign products.
Her role includes strategic planning, coordination with MECEP’s partners, and the creation of digital content to educate and mobilize voters on issues that promote shared prosperity. Her background is in digital communications and organizing, and she holds a bachelor’s of science in media, culture, and communications from New York University.
Ellen (she/her) works with the President & CEO and Board of Directors to implement MECEP’s annual Development Plan, which includes individual and corporate giving strategies, grants, and events.
Ellen assists with donor cultivation and solicitation and is responsible for managing the fundraising database and monitoring fundraising progress and outcomes. She brings more than seven years of experience in nonprofit management consulting in the areas of fundraising and strategic planning. Ellen holds a master’s of public administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA) and a bachelor’s degree in policy management from Dickinson College.
Ryan (he/him) is responsible for coalition building and the coordination of MECEP’s participation in a state-wide partnership working to establish tax fairness.
Ryan has a background in grassroots organizing and public policy. After working as a community organizer in the Penobscot River valley, he served for eight years representing his home town of Orono in the Maine House of Representatives. He holds a bachelors in history from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.