The Mission-Aligned Businesses Advisory Council includes individuals with expertise in each of the target development clusters, as well as members of the College’s leadership team and faculty member Mark Green. Peter Nielsen, who recently joined the College as entrepreneur-in-residence, facilitates the work of the Council and manages the development of the businesses. Support for the development of mission-aligned businesses comes from across the College community.

Gov. John Baldacci served two terms as Maine Governor, from 2003-2011. Previously, he served four terms as Congressman in the US House of Representatives. He currently serves as vice chair of the board of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, a Washington-based, private, nonprofit, and nonpartisan research organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest states.

Ron Phillips retired in March as founding president and CEO of Coastal Enterprises, Inc., a mission-driven lender and investor specializing in rural economic development in Maine and throughout the region.  Since its founding in 1977, CEI has leveraged a total of $2.74 billion in financing, along with its private and public partners, to become one of the most well-regarded Community Development Corporations and Community Development Financial Institutions in the country.