Rolling up our sleeves: Are you in?
As the new Executive Director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits, I am honored by the opportunity to build on the organization’s history and accomplishments, encourage innovation and cross-sector relationships and strengthen our collective voice as an integral part of Maine’s economy and communities.
A few weeks ago, MANP’s Board President Doug Woodbury did a great job describing my background. By leveraging these skills and experiences, I am committed to increasing awareness about the essential work of Maine’s nonprofits, fostering partnerships across silos to solve critical statewide issues, and encouraging fresh approaches and ideas to strengthen nonprofits through innovation and creative thinking.
In addition, MANP will continue to provide our member organizations with excellent services, resources, tools and training that they need to be successful. As the former Executive Director of Creative Portland, a micro-organization with a macro mission, I know first-hand the challenges many Maine nonprofits face–never enough hours in the day or dollars in the bank. Affordable access to timely information and relevant training is critical to staying up-to-date on the trends and best practices in the field. MANP provides the state’s largest professional network for the nonprofit sector to learn from one another and actively promotes information-sharing and collaboration to find solutions for shared concerns.
Over the next few weeks, I am excited to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Maine and the nonprofit sector from MANP’s top-notch staff, committed Board of Directors, and you–our members and supporters. I’ll be hitting the road soon to hear from colleagues and friends across the state, but please know that my door (and email inbox) is always open. Our retiring leader Scott Schnapp served as a mentor and friend to many of us and I plan to carry forward three of his key attributes: a commitment to honesty and transparency, compassion for all Maine people and a wicked good sense of humor.
I look forward to working with you on the challenges and opportunities ahead. Now, let’s get to work!