The Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC) is proud to announce the hiring of Jeannette Andre as its new President and CEO. Ms. Andre is currently the Deputy Director at the Lenny Zakim Fund in Boston, MA, where she’s been since 2013. She will succeed Barbara Edmond, who is retiring after serving MPC for six years as President.
For over 10 years, Ms. Andre has demonstrated her passion for building relationships and her commitment to championing effectiveness in the philanthropic sector. While at The Lenny Zakim Fund, Ms. Andre supported the mission to advance social justice by leading its grantmaking, leadership development, and capacity building work. Prior to joining The Lenny Zakim Fund, Ms. Andre held positions with Social Venture Partners in Seattle, WA and the Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, DC. Ms. Andre also supports the sector as a member of The Philanthropy Connection, a women-led collective giving organization, and as a design team member for the Social Justice Funders Network. She is a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and a Grantmakers of Color affinity group.
“I am thrilled to have been selected as the next President and CEO of the Maine Philanthropy Center and am excited to work in partnership with its amazing members, staff, and board to build a bold vision for advancing transformational positive change in Maine’s philanthropic sector,” said Ms. Andre. “I look forward to leveraging MPC’s impressive legacy to continue the vital work of building trust, shared knowledge, and community connections; developing a more effective sector by advancing diversity, equity and inclusion; and ensuring the vitality and visibility of our community through strategic advocacy. Most of all, I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you.”
“Jeannette has the skills and experience to inspire and challenge our sector to continue to reach for excellence and lead us into the future. Our Board of Directors was looking for someone who could position Maine Philanthropy Center as a catalyst for extraordinary progress in the philanthropic sector here in Maine,” said Erin Cinelli, incoming Board Chair, Maine Philanthropy Center.
Ms. Andre will start her position in July. The appointment follows an extensive nationwide search supported by Maine-based search consultant Cathy Kidman, in partnership with TSNE MissionWorks in Boston, MA.