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Updated: February 7, 2023

Former Bar Harbor chamber chief joins AARP Maine leadership team

person in hat and vest COURTESY / BAR HARBOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Alf Anderson, former executive director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, was named AARP Maine’s new associate state director for advocacy and outreach.

The former executive director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce was named AARP Maine’s associate state director for advocacy and outreach.

Alf Anderson will work on initiatives to enhance awareness and community relationships, while identifying and engaging volunteers for grassroots advocacy campaigns that support AARP’s policy goals. 

“Alf’s impressive background and experience matches AARP’s mission and the key position he is stepping into,” AARP Maine State Director Noël Bonam said in a news release.

AARP Maine, which has 200,000 members and is based in Portland, has built its presence in the Pine Tree State by increasing its visibility, media presence and volunteer base. It has also built community partnerships, created social impact programs and hosts events and activities, along with outreach to AARP members and their families.

At the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Anderson served as director of membership and marketing from 2015 to 2019 and as executive director from 2019 to 2022.

In this latter role, Anderson advocated for local business communities at the local, state and federal levels. Representing the Bar Harbor Chamber at public events, with media, and at local community and municipal gatherings, he led the local business community through challenges presented by the pandemic.

Anderson stepped down from the chamber position at the end of 2022 in order to relocate, with his wife, Heather, to southern Maine. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass.

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