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Sarah Austin

Director, Policy and Research

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.

Dan D'Ippolito

Vice President, Communications

Dan 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 Harris

Vice President, Operations and Finance

Jody 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 Martin

President and CEO
Garrett 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 Michaud

Vice President, Programs and Policy
Megan 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 Myall

economic Policy Analyst

James 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.

Maura Pillsbury

State/Local Tax Policy Analyst

Maura 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 Phillips

economic Policy analyst

Arthur 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. 

Cara Scozzafava

Digital Communications and Design manager

Cara develops and executes MECEP’s digital communications program.

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 Skakalsi

Development Associate

Ellen works with the Executive Director 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 Tipping

Director, Campaigns and Strategy

Ryan 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.

 

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