Muskie School of Public Service

Muskie Legacy & Board of Visitors

The Muskie School of Public Service is Maine’s distinguished public policy school, combining an extensive applied research and technical assistance portfolio with rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in geography-anthropology; tourism and hospitality; policy, planning, and management (MPPM); and public health (MPH). The school is nationally recognized for applying innovative knowledge to critical issues in the fields of sustainable development and health and human service policy and management, and is home to the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.


Edmund S. Muskie and the Muskie School of Public Service

By Don Nicoll

When Ed Muskie was asked if he would be willing to have the University of Southern Maine Public Policy and Management Program named for him, he said he had no desire for that kind of honor, but if the University felt it would do the university some good, he was amenable.

He then gave the evolving school his enthusiastic support as an active member of the Board of Visitors.  He was the leading advocate for naming it the School of Public Service.

Ed Muskie, in many ways, exemplified the American Dream.  Born in the western Maine mill town of Rumford, the son of an immigrant Polish tailor and a first generation daughter of a large Polish immigrant family, he was educated in Rumford’s public schools, worked his way through Bates College and Cornell Law School, saw combat duty in the U.S. Navy in World War II, served Maine as a state representative, then as state director of the federal Office of Price Stabilization, governor and U.S. senator, was the Democratic candidate for vice president in 1968 and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972, and served as Secretary of State in the Carter Administration.

It was an unplanned ascent, fueled by a combination of his innate talent and his commitment to excellence, boosted by chance interventions and opportunities, and marked throughout by his passion for public service, a passion perpetuated by the school that bears his name.  In and through the Muskie School his legacy is a resource for learning by faculty, staff, students and the beneficiaries of the School’s research and outreach.

Ed Muskie was a transformative leader, in Maine and on the national scene.  His election as governor in 1954 marked the beginning of Maine’s change from a one-party state to a competitive political arena.  As governor he initiated budget reform, government reorganization, water pollution abatement, and school consolidation.  As senator he was a pioneer in developing national air and water pollution reduction and environmental protection.  He used his experience as governor in strengthening intergovernmental relations and applying creative tools to urban and metropolitan needs.  He collaborated with Republican colleagues to reform the federal budget process.  At every stage he sought ways to enable Maine to make effective use of federal resources pertinent to Maine’s needs.  Following his government service he continued to lead, working for equal access to justice in Maine and fostering academic contributions to public policy and management.

 The Muskie Legacy

There are two major aspects of the Muskie legacy: (1) the tangible results of his work and leadership in federal and state laws, policies, programs and projects; and (2) the examples and lessons from his work ethic, his professional skills and his philosophy of democratic governance.  Documentation and descriptive information on the Muskie legacy are readily available from a number of sources, notably the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections at Bates College, several biographies and symposia.  A list of resources and links is attached to this paper.

 Program and Policy Legacy Highlights

A brief listing of Ed Muskie’s major public policy accomplishments coincides with the scope of the Muskie School’s offerings.  Most of them are still bearing fruit.

As governor, he initiated the water pollution control effort with the water classification act and support for municipal sewage treatment plants, kicked off school consolidation efforts with the School Administrative Districts Act, and took the initial steps in government reorganization.

As senator, he chaired the Air and Water Pollution Subcommittee, and authored the Clean Air Act of 1963, the Water Quality Act of 1964, the Clean Air Act of 1972, and the Clean Water Act of 1972.  He chaired the Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations and co-authored the Budget Act of 1974, serving as chairman of the newly created Senate Budget Committee.  Building on his experience in the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and his membership on the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, he authored the section 701(g) amendment to the 1965 Housing and Urban Development Act that provided needed funding for planning by the regional councils of governments.  He was a key member of the group that developed and was a sponsor of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.  Asked by the Johnson Administration to rescue the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966, he authored revisions in the legislation and managed its passage in the Senate and final enactment.  He was instrumental in promoting implementation of the Portland Model Cities project.

Working with Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, State Senator Elmer Violette, other state officials, and environmental groups, he led in the 1966 creation of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway as the first state wild river under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. 

Following his retirement from the Senate and his service as secretary of state, Ed Muskie chaired the 1989 Legal Needs Study of Maine and subsequently assisted Judge Frank Coffin with the Justice Action Group, contributing to major improvements to access to justice.

Ed Muskie’s legislative assignments did not include service on the committees dealing with health and human services, but he was a strong supporter of the creation of Medicaid in 1965 and a co-sponsor of the act creating Medicare in 1965.

The Legacy of Muskie Qualities

Ed Muskie was a consummate professional.  Whatever task he undertook, as a lawyer, as OPS state director, as a political candidate, as governor, as senator, as secretary of state, or as a volunteer on a civic project, he gave meticulous attention to detail and  preparation. In the course of his research and analysis he was always challenging his own and other perspectives. Throughout his career he sought information and advice from outside his own areas of expertise, drawing particularly on the fruits of scholarship. Only when he was satisfied with the information he had gathered would he marshal his arguments for advocacy or debate.  It was a pattern he learned as a student in high school and in college, particularly in his experiences as a debater.  There were times when his patterns of deliberation caused him political problems, particularly in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972, but his rigorous approach made possible his successes in affecting the course and sustainability of public policy.

He was more than a brilliant master of research and logical argument, however.   Brooks Quimby, his Bates debate coach, had taught him that the object of debate was not to defeat the other side, but to persuade others to agree with you.  Ed Muskie applied that lesson in public policy development and in politics. Over time he perfected the arts of politics and policy through the practice of patient, persistent persuasion.  Inherent in his use of the techniques was his understanding that persuasion is not a one way street.  It requires listening and a willingness to be persuaded by others in reaching agreements on desirable actions in pursuit of the public good.

To Ed Muskie, this was the essence of democratic governance: civil discourse based on valid, tested information, directed toward the achievement of the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and attuned to the requirements of checks and balances in a free society.

The ways in which Ed Muskie used his talents, his intellectual rigor and discipline and his passion for public service and his adherence to the principles of democratic governance constitute his most important legacy, recorded in his achievements and in the records that are available for those who are a part of and those who benefit from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service.

Photo Credit: Ed Muskie being sworn in as Secretary of State by his former political colleague and long-time friend Judge Frank Coffin.  Edmund S. Muskie papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

Edmund S. Muskie


born, March 28, 1914, Rumford, Maine
Stephens High School, Rumford, Maine (graduated 1932)
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine (B.A., 1936)
Cornell University Law School (J.D., 1939)
Law practice, Waterville, Maine (1940-1942, 1945-1954)
U.S. Navy (1942-1945)
Maine House of Representatives (1947-1951)
Married Jane Gray (1948); children: Ellen, Stephen, Melinda, Martha, Edmund, Jr.
Director, Maine district U.S. Office of Price Stabilization (1951-52)
Maine Governor (1955-1959)
U.S. Senate from Maine (1959-1980)
Democratic Vice Presidential candidate (1968)
U.S. Secretary of State (1980)
Law practice (1981-1996)
died, March 26, 1996, Washington, D.C.


 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240 (
large collection of manuscripts, documents, oral histories, video and audio materials; on line access to index, finding aids, and transcripts of oral history interviews)

Journeys, by Edmund S. Muskie, New York, Doubleday, 1972
Ed Muskie’s memoir, written during 1972 presidential nomination campaign

 Connecting Law and Legislature: the Legacy of Ed Muskie, Maine Law Review, V 67, No. 2, 2015.
articles from November 2014 symposium honoring Ed Muskie centennial year.

The Senate Nobody Knows, by Bernard Asbell, New York, Doubleday, 1978
“behind-the-scenes” narrative of two years (1975-1977) of Senator Muskie’s caree

Muskie, by Theo Lippman, Jr., and Donald C. Hansen, New York, Norton, 1971
political biography following the 1968 campaign

Muskie of Maine, by David Nevin, New York, Random, 1972
political biography covering 1969-1972 campaign years.

Ed Muskie: Made in Maine, 1914-1960, by James L. Witherell, Thomaston, Maine, Tilbury, 2014
biography with considerable detail on family, education, career to 1960

 Author Biography

Don Nicoll was born in Boston, MA, educated in Boston public schools, Colby College (BA, history &  government), and Pennsylvania State (MA, history & government).  He was executive secretary of the Maine Democratic Party (1954-1956), administrative assistant (1957-1960) to Congressman Frank M. Coffin (D-ME/2), legislative assistant and news secretary (1961), administrative assistant (1962-1971) and advisor (1972-1996) to Senator Edmund S. Muskie (D-ME).  His career also included: chairman and CEO (1973-1975), Joint Operations Committee, New England Land Grant Universities; vice president for planning and public affairs (1975-1986), Maine Medical Center; and independent program and policy consultant (1986-2006).  He has led Maine state committees, commissions and task forces on government organization, state compensation policy, the mental health system, information technology and telecommunications, and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.  He is a member and former chair of the Muskie School Board of Visitors.

Muskie School Board of Visitors

Neal Allen is the Executive Director for the Greater Portland Council of Governments. 

Erin has built her career in communications, first as a state and national political journalist and later as a strategic communications consultant for corporations, trade associations, non-profits, and everything in between. While she no longer trolls the halls of the US Congress looking for a scoop, she still has journalism in her veins, helping clients navigate the often-challenging and ever-evolving media landscape.

A Washingtonian who proudly boasts of her Montana ties, Erin is well-networked and understands that what works inside the Beltway doesn’t necessarily work elsewhere. Erin thrives under pressure, embraces tight deadlines, and takes on every client challenge as if it were her own. At GSG, Erin specializes in crisis communications, media relations, and outreach, brand and profile enhancement, and storytelling.

A longtime member of Senator Muskie’s staff, Jane Fenderson Cabot interned in his office before accepting a permanent position following her graduation from Mount Holyoke College.  She was a research assistant on the candidate’s plane during Muskie’s 1968 vice-presidential campaign and a professional staff member on his Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations where she specialized in federal revenue sharing.  After directing scheduling and advance operations for Rosalynn Carter during Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign, she was appointed White House Director of Scheduling for the First Lady from 1977-81.  Later, as executive vice president of M Booth & Associates, a public relations firm in New York City, she represented some of the nation’s best-known philanthropies and educational institutions.  She is the current president of the Maine Women’s Giving Tree, a philanthropy serving women, children, and families in Midcoast Maine. 

 Peter Crichton, a Windham resident, grew up in Aroostook County. Currently, he is newly retired after 35 years of active involvement in local government. Crichton began his career in municipal government in his home town of Mars Hill as its first economic community development director. He then spent 10 years with the city of Lewiston, first as administrator of Lewiston Public Works, then as assistant city administrator. Crichton managed Cumberland County for 18 years, and after became the city manager of Auburn, ME. 

Rebecca Swanson Conrad owns RSC Consulting that assists businesses and organizations
seeking to align mission to outcomes, develop new projects, or scale to new market positions.
Previously, she served as President and CEO of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of
Commerce where she led the acquisition of the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council.
She joined the Chamber following a career in higher education administration, first at Bates
College and then as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Maine College of Art. With
her husband, she founded and owned two small Maine businesses. She had a gubernatorial
appointment to the Maine Arts Commission as vice-chair. She currently serves with Oxfam’s
“Sisters on the Planet,” a diverse group of American women using their influence to fight global
poverty, hunger, and injustice, with a particular focus on empowering women and girls
worldwide. She is also on the University of Southern Maine’s Board of Visitors and the Muskie
School’s Board of Visitors, is an Olympia Snowe Leadership Advisor and serves on Maine
Business Immigration Coalition and Community Health Options boards. Conrad received her BA
in English from Bates College and studied at the New England Studies Program at the
The University of Southern Maine. She lives in Auburn, Maine with her husband Austin and cat
Charles Mingus.

 Larissa Crockett has a Master’s degree in policy planning and management from the Muskie School of Public Service, which is affiliated with the University of Southern Maine, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of New Hampshire. She currently is the town manager of Wells, ME, and previously served as the assistant town manager of Scarborough, ME.

Joel K. Goldstein has been a teacher and scholar of the American presidency, vice presidency, and constitutional law for more than a quarter-century.  He is perhaps best known for his work on the vice presidency, a topic on which he has written two books--The Modern American Vice Presidency: The Transformation of a Political Institution (1982) and The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden (2016) –and many scholarly and journalistic articles and book chapters.  He is frequently interviewed by national and international media regarding the vice presidency and has consulted with government officials regarding it.  He has co-authored a Constitutional Law casebook as well as Understanding Constitutional Law and numerous articles regarding constitutional interpretation and theory, the work of the Supreme Court and its justices, and its decisions dealing with race, and presidential succession and inability. He is the Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law Emeritus at Saint Louis University, where he taught from 1994-2019 and has also taught at Washington University School of Law and the Edmund Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Maine as a visitor. 

He received his A.B. from Princeton University summa cum laude (1975), a B.Phil. (1977) and D.Phil. (1978) in politics from Oxford University which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School (1981) where he was a member and a Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He was a law clerk to Hon. W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1981-82) and an associate and partner at the law firm of Goldstein and Price in St. Louis (1982-94) before entering academic life.

He is currently working on a political biography on former Senator and Secretary of State Edmund S. Muskie as well as works involving the vice presidency, presidential succession and inability, and constitutional law, and the role of the Supreme Court in admiralty law among other writing, teaching and lecturing projects.

Jennifer Hutchins became the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits in July 2016. Prior to joining MANP, Jennifer was Executive Director of Creative Portland, where she led the City of Portland’s efforts to strengthen the creative economy. Jennifer also served as Director of Communications and External Affairs at the USM Muskie School of Public Service for nine years and Marketing Director at Portland Stage Company from 1995-2000. She has served on several boards during her career, including Visit Portland, the Greater Portland Economic Development Council, the Maine Association of Nonprofits, the Maine Academy of Modern Music, and most recently, the Maine Philanthropy Center.  In May 2020, Jennifer was selected to participate on Governor Mills’ Economic Recovery Committee, which is tasked with putting forth recommendations to alleviate the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic on the state’s economy. Jennifer holds a Master’s in public policy and management from the USM Muskie School and lives in Portland with her husband and two daughters.

Larus Isfeld has 30 years of management experience in Europe and the USA. His 15 years of retail and then 15 years of International Logistics experience have created a deep understanding of companies’ needs moving goods in the global marketplace. Larus has managed numerous M&As, founded division's within larger corporations, created several startup companies, and been responsible for relocating several offices and companies’ HQ's.

Adam Lee is a native of Auburn and went to Vassar. He worked in New York City for five years before returning to Maine. He currently serves on the Muskie Board of Visitors, the MPBN Board, and the Maine Conservation Voters Board.  Lee served as the Chairman of the Efficiency Maine Trust and Chair of the Maine Audubon Corporate Partners. He is the past chairman of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and a past member of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Historical Society, Maine Energy Council, Governor’s Advisory Council, Center for Cultural Exchange, and the OSHER Map Library.  Over the last 20 years, Lee has worked hard in conjunction with various environmental groups to raise fuel economy standards across the nation. He’s proud of the successful accomplishment that will raise the national standards to 54.5 MPG’s by 2025.  Lee is a graduate of Vassar College and the recipient of environmental awards from the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Maine League of Conservation Voters.

John L. Martin, born June 5, 1941, had a long career serving in the Maine State government. He originally got his BA in History and Government from the University of Maine and continued from there. During his time in politics, Mr. Martin has accomplished quite a lot. First, he served in the House of Representatives for thirty years. There, he was elected both to the positions of Minority House leader (1971-1974) and to Speaker of the House (1975-1992). Then, Martin served in the Maine Senate representing the 35th district for ten years (1998-2008), and then again got elected for the House of Representatives in 2014 serving the 151st district, and presently continues is the incumbent of the district. He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation for State Legislatures and was vice-chair of the Regional Executive Committee of the Democratic State Legislative Leaders Association. Martin also served as chair of the State Democratic Leaders Association (1990) and served on both the Democratic National Committee and the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee. He was president of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (1979-1982) and chairman of the New England Caucus of State Legislatures (1982-1983). Martin was also a chairman of the Land Use Regulation Commission (1970-1972) and chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Commission in 1969.

 In his spare time, he is an assistant professor in political science and government at the University of Maine Fort Kent and participates in graduate work in political science at his alma mater.  Martin is also a member of both the New England Political Science Association and the American Academy of Political Science. He has served as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (1990-1991) and was chairman of the State-Federal Assembly of NCSL in 1985-86, vice-chair of NCSL’s Budget, Fiscal and Rules Committee in 1986-87, and chair of the Task Force on Reapportionment in 1987-1988.


 Information gathered from


Mary McAleney was born on March 18, 1945, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After moving to and attending highschool in Maine, McAleney then went on the get her bachelor’s at Merrimac College. After she graduated, she moved back and taught high school in Maine at both St. Joseph’s and then at Catherine McAuley High School. After eight years of teaching, she decided to go into politics. During her tie in Maine politics, she worked for Senator Muskie’s ‘76 campaign and worked for state Senator Jim Tierney. She served in George Mitchell’s U.S. Senate office for ten years (1984-1994).

From 1995 until her retirement in 2007, Mary served as the district director for the small business administration in Massachusetts and Maine. She has also been the executive director of the Maine Irish heritage center. Mary also currently manages a thriving real estate business within Maine.


Charles Micoleau was born in 1942 in Englewood, New Jersey. He attended Bowdoin College (1963) for his bachelor’s, he then earned a master’s degree in international relations at Johns Hopkins University (1965) and then completed law school at George Washington University (1977). Micoleau started in Maine working with an anti-poverty program and from there gained rank within the Maine Democratic Party. He was a scheduler for Senator Muskie’s 1970 campaign and was his administrative assistant (1975-1977). After this, he dedicated years as a member of the Democratic National Committee (1984-1992). He currently practices law at the firm of Curtis, Thaxter, Stevens, Broder, and Micoleau of which he is a founding member. He is a past president of the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the state’s largest environmental organization. Micoleau has also served as President of the Maine Center for Innovation in Biotechnology and loan review committees of the Maine Technology Institute. He is currently the Chairman of the Muskie School of Public Service Board of Visitors.

Peter Mills is a Maine native and Politician. He was born in Farmington and attended Gorham high school. From there he attended Harvard to obtain his bachelor’s (1965). After this, he went on to serve in the U.S Military within the Navy on Navy destroyers for five years during Vietnam and there achieved the Navy Achievement Medal, and later went on to conduct missions for which he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. After his service, he went on to Law School at the University of Maine (1973). 

Mills went on to serve as a lawyer in Maine for thirty-two years, twenty-three of which were spent at his practice, Wright and Mills, in Skowhegan. He is a founding member of the Somerset Economic Development Corporation and a founding member of FirstPark, a business park in central Maine. Mills has also spent many years as a Maine politician within the State Senate and House (1995-2010 and ran for Governor in 2006 and 2010). He was later appointed in 2011 as the Executive Director of the Maine Turnpike Authority by then-Governor Paul Lepage.

Will Mitchell is the CEO of VETRO FiberMap, which grew from NB solutions, in Portland Maine. Will previously was the CEO of Mitchell Geographics and NBT solutions. He attended Georgetown University from 1988-1992 with a B.S. in Foreign Service.

Edmund ‘Ned’ Muskie is the son of past Maine Senator Ed Muskie. He currently works for Bernstein Private Wealth Management as a senior advisor.

Gregory Nadeau attended the University of Maine in August for two years before obtaining more credits through the University of Southern Maine Lewiston/Auburn college. From there he started immediately getting elected to the Maine House of Representatives to represent his high school hometown of Lewiston. He served in this position from 1979-1984. From there he served in the house again for the 67th district from 1984-1990. From 1995-2002 he was a policy advisor for then-Governor now senator, Angus King. He was appointed to the Maine Department of Transportation as the Director of the office of policy and communications. He continued with the agency as the Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Communications until 2009. He then began his work as the Deputy Administrator in 2009 and continued well into 2013. In 2013 he was appointed as the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. In 2017 he left to work in the private sector as the Advisory Board Member for Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital, LLC. He founded the Infrastructure Ventures LLC and at this same time, he also was a Member of the Board of Directors for Advanced Infrastructure Technologies and was the Senior Advisor Ridge-Line Limited Partners.

Don Nicoll was born in Boston and has devoted his career to Maine since he graduated from Colby College and received an MA degree from Pennsylvania State University.  He was executive secretary of the Maine Democratic Party (1954-56); administrative assistant to Congressman Frank M. Coffin (1957-60); and worked for Senator Muskie from 1961-71, first as legislative assistant and news secretary and for 10 years as an administrative assistant.  He served as a senior advisor to Muskie from 1972-1996. Nicoll was chairman and CEO, Joint Operations Committee, New England Land Grant Universities (1973-75); vice president for planning and public affairs, Maine Medical Center (1975-86); and an independent program and policy consultant.  He has led Maine state committees, commissions, and task-forces on government organization, state compensation policy, the mental health system, information technology, and telecommunications, and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.  A founding member and former chair of the Muskie School Board of Visitors, he is the founding president and a current board member of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation.

Carolann Ouellette graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s in 1984. Since then she has had a rich career. Her background as a whitewater guide and former Operations Manager of the New England Outdoor Center. Carolann is a graduate of Cornell University She has served on numerous boards throughout the state. This includes Kennebec Valley Tourism Council, Old Canada Road Scenic Byway, and U.S. Travel Association, and is the former chair of the Maine Tourism Association Board. Carolann was the Director of the Maine Office of Tourism (MOT) and served as a founding Board member of the Commission. She also was the former Operations Manager of the New England Outdoor Center, Currently, she is the Executive Director of Maine Huts & Trails based in Kingfield and a returning Board member. She is currently the board chair of Discover New England as well.

Amanda Rector graduated with a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and her Master's in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. She is a State Economist for Maine (2011). Amanda is also a member of the State of Maine’s Revenue Forecasting Committee and serves as the Governor’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau. Amanda is originally from mid-coast Maine and now lives in Union with her family.

Margaret Rotundo is originally from New York and has had a very rich and extensive career. She started at Mount Holyoke College and graduated in 1971. From there she has held numerous positions including Director for Special Initiatives, Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College, Founder of the Center for Service-Learning at Bates College, Director of Bates College Office of Career Counseling, Assistant Director of Bates College Office of Career Counseling and a Development Coordinator at Abington Friends School. Rotundo served as an at-large member of the Lewiston School Committee from 1994 to 2002, including four years as Chair of the School Committee (1998–2002). As a politician, she served in the senate for Maine’s senate from December 2000 to December 2008. Following that she served in the Maine House of Reps for the 59th District. Supporters have regularly praised Rotundo for her commitment to bipartisanship and her advocacy for Maine people, particularly veterans, children, the elderly, immigrants, and working mothers. Currently, Rotundo serves as the Director of Strategic and Policy Initiatives.

Malory Shaughnessy got her BA in economics and political science from the University of Missouri. She has worked in government extensively, including within Federal Congressional staff, Maine Legislature policy staff, and serving as a Cumberland County Commissioner.  As a Commissioner, she served as President of the Maine County Commissioners Association and represented Maine Counties on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties. She also previously served as a member of the Public Health Work Group and State Coordinating Committee working to create a system for Public Health in Maine and was a founding member of the Cumberland Public Health District. Malory currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the Muskie School of Public Service and the Board of Directors for the Maine Women’s Lobby.

Linda Silka started her academic career at Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Psychology. From there she continued to the University of Kansas with an MA in Psychology and then received a Ph.D. there in Social Psychology. Silka has had a rich professional career. For thirty years, Silka was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she directed the Center for Family, Work, Community, served as the Special Assistant to the Provost for Community Outreach and Partnerships, and was Professor of Regional Economic and Social Development. She has many years of experience in leading community-university research partnerships on environmental, economic development, and environmental health issues. She has conducted much research over her career and has been published extensively in multiple peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, Australasian Journal of Community Engagement, and Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement. Silka has been the Director of the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. Silka is currently a Member and Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and is now a Senior Fellow at the University of Maine’s George Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions.

Julie Sullivan graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in history and continued her educational career at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in Public health and organizational development.

Sullivan has had an impressive career. She served as a program coordinator for Public Allies (1993-1995), and a project coordinator (1995-1996) for Leatrice H. Berman & Associates. She has also worked as the Chicago Safe Start Director for the City of Chicago. Upon moving to Maine Sullivan worked for the city of Portland as a Senior Policy Advisor, Public Health Department Director, and the Health Promotion Program Manager. And in 2009, she was awarded the Maine Public Health Association's Presidents' Award for exemplary service and commitment to the practice and profession of public health in Maine. Currently, Sullivan works for BerryDunn as a Public Health Practice Lead.

Pat Webber originally graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1988. From there he continued his academic career at Virginia Commonwealth University with a master’s degree in history. Then in 2003, he earned a master’s in public history at Special Collections Research Center of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. Since around 2006 Webber has been a college archivist and is now the director of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library.