Looking to the Future
Hannah Pingree on Maine's Path Forward
Join us for this special online event as Island Institute President Rob Snyder and Hannah Pingree, director of the Maine Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, explore bigger picture insights on the pandemic and how climate outcomes for Maine can be aligned as we look to the future. Additional conversation topics will include economic activity along the coast of Maine, broadband’s path forward, the state of affairs in Augusta, and general questions about life on the island.
Maine Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future
Hannah Pingree was appointed to lead Governor Mills' Office of Policy Innovation and the Future in January 2019. Hannah previously served as Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives from 2008 to 2010. She also served as the Maine House Majority Leader, Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, and as a member of the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs during her terms in Maine Legislature from 2002-2010. Hannah spearheaded successful legislation on energy, broadband, housing, environmental health, and health care during her time in office. Hannah has worked for a technology start-up in New York City; managed several family small businesses; led the development of rural housing, energy efficiency, and eldercare projects for a coalition of community non-profits; chaired her local school board; and served on numerous state and community nonprofit boards.
Rob Snyder, Ph.D.
As president of the Island Institute, Rob is responsible for working with island and coastal leaders, in Maine and around the world, to identify innovative approaches to community sustainability. He works with staff across all programmatic and strategic priority areas to help the Institute identify and address emerging challenges faced by these communities and exchange ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere. With a background and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, Rob’s research and writing focus on community economic development and the cultural politics of natural resource management. He has conducted research on these topics in Maine, the Rocky Mountain states, Costa Rica, and China.
About the series
This summer the Island Institute is hosting a series of coastal conversations in a virtual format to engage and inform island community residents and our supporters. Throughout the series there will be various panels of representatives from Maine’s unbridged islands and coastal communities discussing their views on current challenges and emerging solutions for Maine’s lobster fishery, climate change, broadband, and the creative economy.