Steven Rowe Selected to Lead MaineCF
A longtime Maine resident and leader will become the fifth president in the Maine Community Foundation’s 32-year history.
Steven Rowe, of Portland, will succeed Meredith Jones as president and CEO on September 15. A search committee appointed by MaineCF’s Board of Directors selected Rowe following a ten-month national search.
Rowe is president of Endowment for Health, a private foundation that works to improve the health of New Hampshire residents. Prior to that, Rowe was counsel at the Portland-based law firm of Verrill Dana, LLP. He served as Maine Attorney General from 2001 to 2009 and represented part of Portland in the Maine House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000. He was Speaker of the House in his final term.
"As we look to the future of Maine, we see great challenges to be sure. However, we also see even greater opportunities,” said Rowe. "Thanks to the past and current leadership of MaineCF, the foundation is well-positioned to play a pivotal role to help Maine people and communities realize these opportunities."
Says MaineCF Board Chair Dighton Spooner: “Steve brings significant leadership experience and a passion for Maine to the position. His proven ability to bring people together to address pressing issues – from clean air to access to education and early childhood development – makes him the right person to lead this vital Maine institution during a time of growth and opportunity.”