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.” 

Upcoming Deadlines

August 1: The Welch Charitable Fund awards grants primarily in the Greater Portland area to projects and programs that focus on youth, education, health care, alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation, and arts and culture.

September 15: 




Maine Community Foundation is:

  •  A statewide leader
  •  A major funder of nonprofit organizations
  •  A significant source for scholarships
  •  A steward of charitable assets
  •  A resource for donors.

Read more about A Plan for the Future, MaineCF's mission,
and a new report on how we're Measuring Up.

The foundation's 2015 annual report is available online.

What's New

Real Time blog: The “Diversity Lottery System” offers one road to U.S. citizenship. Shouldn’t we make that road easier to travel? Read "America's an Opportunity," July 20, 2015. 

What are the tools to achieve racial equity in Maine? For teens in Lewiston, it's coaching to become leaders and role models for a growing immigrant community. Read the story of Tree Street Youth and other People of Color Fund grant recipients in our new report

In the News: Read more about the foundation's impact across Maine and the latest news from MaineCF.


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