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Updated: July 26, 2023

Island Institute's incoming chief programs officer brings years of island experience to the job

The Island Institute, a Rockland nonprofit that works to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities, has appointed a new chief programs office, effective Aug. 16.

Island Institute
Jennifer Seavey

Jennifer Seavey will oversee all aspects of program implementation at the institute, including management of the institute’s programs around climate resilience, the marine economy and sustainable development. 

“It is a great time to join the island institute as they celebrate their 40th year and a new president,” said Seavey. “I am excited to be joining such an experienced team with deep knowledge and passion for supporting community-driven solutions to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities.”

Since 2014 Seavey has served as the executive director of Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, in the Isle of Shoals in southern Maine, where she has worked to build coastal community development programs. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Cornell University's Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. 

She has a doctorate in natural resource conservation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She holds a master's in wildlife science from the University of Washington. She received a bachelor's in political science and biology from Lewis and Clark College.
According to the release, Seavey says she is looking forward to relocating to Rockland and is eager to explore and get to know Maine’s island communities.

"We are thrilled to have Jennifer aboard as our chief programs officer,” said Kimberly A. Hamilton, Island Institute's president. “Jennifer is a mission-oriented leader. We’re excited to have someone with her experience — building teams, leading programs, and growing strong partnerships. Her unique set of skills and experiences are a perfect match for our mission.”

The Island Institute was founded in 1983 and works with 120 island and coastal communities to strengthen economies, enhance education and share information and resources. It has an annual operating budget of $8 million.

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