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Leadership in Action Breakfast Series

Please join us for our upcoming Leadership in Action Breakfast!

Reimagining the Impact and Opportunities for Our Aging State with Jess Maurer and Garrett Martin

Tuesday, December 15th 7-9am at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Spring St., Portland ME

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The rapid aging of Maine’s population and workforce has significant implications for Maine’s economic growth, and it opens the door for innovation, creativity and new collaborations.  In fact, Maine has the opportunity to be a national leader in developing strategies and creating systems that support older adults working and living in Maine.  To seize the opportunities ahead of us, we need to change the conversation about growing old and reimagine our communities, workplaces and systems. Please join Jessica Maurer and Garrett Martin to learn more about the big picture and what’s happening on the ground to shift the conversation and the experience of growing older in Maine, for Maine.

Lift360_Jess_MaurerJess Maurer is the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging.  She advocates for healthy aging at the national, state and local levels on behalf of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging.  She also assists the area agencies in strategic planning, program development and implementation.  As part of her work, she provides leadership within Maine’s aging network, including on the Maine Council on Aging, to advance public policy initiatives that support Maine’s aging population.  She co-authored the 2012-2016 Maine State Plan on Aging, a report entitled Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place and Maine’s Blueprint for Action on Aging.  She has been the primary convener for multiple statewide and regional discussions on aging and leads the Maine Aging Initiative and the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging.  A licensed Maine attorney, Jess worked for nearly 17 years in the Maine Office of the Attorney General.  In her last 7 years in the Office, she served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, implementing public policy and legislative initiatives for the Attorney General, including several related to aging issues.  She is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Lift360_Garrett_MartinGarrett Martin is the Executive Director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy which provides citizens, policymakers, advocates, and media with credible and rigorous economic analysis that advances economic opportunity for all Maine people. Garrett recently served on the Community Development Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and has been a member of the workforce and employment work group of the Maine Aging Initiative. Prior to joining MECEP’s staff in 2011, Garrett worked as director of program strategy at the Maine Community Foundation and associate director at the Genesis Community Loan Fund. He has extensive experience in community economic development including work in the Mississippi Delta, India, and Ecuador. Garrett was selected as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina and a Truman Scholar for graduate studies by the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University. When not fulfilling his role as resident policy wonk at MECEP, Garrett can be found playing various other roles on stage with his son at a local community theater or coaching his daughter’s high school cross country team.


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Our series takes place Tuesdays in Portland from 7:00 – 9:00 am

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