Professional staff guides and supports the work of our many volunteers.

AnnaAnna Kellar, Executive Director (they/them): Anna grew up in Maine before earning a BA in Political Science from Yale University and a Masters in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics. Their experience with democracy and anti-corruption campaigns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia makes them all the more committed to preserving and strengthening civil society and grassroots democracy in Maine. Anna started working at MCCE in 2014 as an organizer on the Clean Elections Initiative. They ran for the state legislature as a Clean Elections candidate in 2016. In 2017, Anna was appointed as the first joint Executive Director for MCCE and the League of Women Voters of Maine.




LadoLado Lodoka, Program Director (he/him): Lado holds a BA in Political Science from USM and a Masters in Community Development Policy and Practice from UNH. Prior to joining MCCE, he worked for the Kansas Department for Children and Families as Regional Refugee Coordinator and Program Consultant for Employment Service Provider Agreement. Lado leads the League and MCCE's voter engagement and advocacy work in immigrant and low-income communities.




JohnJohn Brautigam, Senior Advisor & Counsel (he/him): John is an attorney and consultant with over 25 years of experience in campaign finance and election law, public policy, advocacy, and legal representation. He is a former Maine State Representative (2004 - 2008) and House Chairman of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee. Prior to his tenure in the legislature, John served as Assistant Attorney General. As legal counsel he successfully defended the constitutionality of the 1996 reforms to Maine campaign finance laws, including the Maine Clean Election Act. John holds a law degree from Stanford Law School, a BA in Government from Wesleyan University, and an MA in History from Trinity College.






Nadya Mullen, Operations Director (she/her): Nadya is a returning Maine native and is delighted to be home and to be able to actively support nonpartisan democracy efforts in Maine. She has spent the past 18 years living and working in the UK, primarily in higher and further education, and most recently as Administrative Officer for the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her background in not-for-profit administration and organizational transformation will serve her well at the League and MCCE.





EvanEvan Tess Murray, Education and Engagement Projects Manager (they/them): Evan Tess is a Mainer with a degree in sociology from USM, who spent ten years on the other side of the US and only recently returned. Their nonprofit and educational experience in equity and inclusion led them to the League and MCCE, where they can work to ensure that everyone has equal access to our government. They're delighted to revisit their 20-year-old political roots in Maine, where they first learned what civic engagement means.







JenJen LancasterCommunications Manager (she/her): Jen hails from the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. She's worked in public libraries, environmental education & sustainability, city government, higher education, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for 3 years in the London Ferrill Community Garden. She has a B.A. in English from Transylvania University and a M.A. in French from the University of Kentucky. She is excited to live in Maine and broaden her community.





WillWill HaywardAdvocacy Program Coordinator (he/him): Will is a Virginia native who has worked in advocacy on a variety of issues including juvenile justice reform, worker’s rights, and foreign policy. In 2019, he worked as an organizer on a political campaign in the Shenandoah region of Virginia. He received a Masters in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and is excited to apply his background and interest in civic engagement and strengthening democracy to LWVME and MCCE.