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March 1, 2022

Maine Community Foundation names new president and CEO

The Maine Community Foundation on Tuesday announced it has named Deborah Ellwood, a leader in the field of community foundations with close ties to Maine, as the nonprofit's new president and CEO. 

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Deborah Ellwood was named the seventh president and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation.

She will succeed Sterling Speirn, interim president and CEO.

For the past dozen years, Ellwood has led CFLeads, a network of community foundations.

“I am thrilled to join the Maine Community Foundation as its seventh president and CEO,” Ellwood said. “I am humbled to be part of an organization with such an impressive track record of success and look forward to building on and growing the relationships, partnerships, and collaborations needed to help MaineCF fulfill its mission to bring people and resources together for a strong Maine.”

A Bowdoin College graduate with family in Maine, Ellwood will work out of the foundation’s Ellsworth office. She'll begin her new role at the end of June.

“Deborah Ellwood is the right person to lead MaineCF with her national expertise and love of Maine,” said Gregg Collins, chair of MaineCF’s board of directors. “This is an exciting time for the community foundation as we emerge from the pandemic and look to the future in partnership with donors and other community leaders.”

The foundation said Ellwood has a track record of improving outcomes at the local level as a board and staff leader at the Rochester Area Community Foundation in Rochester, N.Y.

In addition, she has a background as a policy researcher and advocate at Children Now in California, the Center for the Study of the States in Albany, N.Y., and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she helped advance public policies that improve the lives of children.

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Mars Hill, Rockland, and Rockport, MaineCF is Maine’s second-largest foundation with assets of $775 million. Last year the community foundation awarded $58 million in grants and scholarships.

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