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Maine Development Foundation

Press Release

Maine Development Foundation Names
Jan Kearce as Vice President
for Program Impact


March 6th, 2017

AUGUSTA, ME – Maine Development Foundation (MDF) is pleased to announce Jan Kearce as the new Vice President for Program Impact. In the newly created position, Kearce will oversee the delivery of MDF’s current programs and develop strategic ideas and initiatives to fulfill MDF’s mission of driving Maine’s economic growth. 
“Jan is a proven leader with a wealth of diverse experience and a passion for having a statewide impact in moving Maine forward. She has been highly effectively in leading MDF’s Leadership Maine program on a consulting basis since 2015, and shares our mission to grow Maine’s economy to support a high quality of life for all Maine people,” said Yellow Light Breen, President & CEO of MDF. 
Kearce, a Falmouth resident, was most recently the Executive Director of Lift360 (the merged Institute for Civic Leadership and Common Good Ventures), where she managed the delivery of programs aimed at building strong leaders, organizations and communities. She has previously held human resources roles in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors before focusing on nonprofit leadership, organizational development, and community development.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the staff of MDF and contribute to its critical statewide mission. As program director for Leadership Maine, I’ve gained a greater appreciation for the benefits that MDF’s programs and services bring to communities and people all across the state. I have also experienced the depth of passion and commitment of MDF and community leaders as they collectively work to strengthen Maine’s economy. This is an exciting time of growth for MDF as it positions itself to effectively support Maine’s growth,” said Kearce. 
Kearce will be in her new role full time in mid-April, and will remain as the Program Director for Leadership Maine for the current Omega Class. 
About the Maine Development Foundation 
Created in statute in 1978, the Maine Development Foundation (MDF) is a private, non-partisan membership organization that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for the State of Maine. MDF stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues by empowering leaders; strengthening communities; and guiding public policy with trusted economic research. To learn more about MDF, visit

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