LWVME Staff

Anna Kellar (they/them)
Executive Director

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.

Lado Lodoka (he/him)
Program Director

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.

John Brautigam (he/him)
Senior Advisor & Counsel

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 (she/her)
Operations Director

Nadya is a returning Maine native delighted to be home and actively supporting nonpartisan democracy efforts in Maine. She spent 18 years living in the UK, working 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 serves her well at the League and MCCE.

Evan Murray (he/him/they/them)
Education and Engagement Projects Manager

Evan is a Mainer with a degree in sociology from USM, who spent ten years on the other side of the US and came back in 2019. 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've been delighted to revisit their 20-year-old political roots in Maine, where they first learned what civic engagement means.

Jen Lancaster (she/her)
Communications Manager

Jen hails from the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. She’s worked in public libraries, and has done communications work in the fields of environmental education & sustainability, city government, and higher education. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for 3 years in the London Ferrill Community Garden, a radical space where members grew healthy and free food for the community. She has a B.A. in English and French from Transylvania University and a M.A. in French from the University of Kentucky.

Will Hayward (he/him)
Advocacy Program Coordinator

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.

Lane Sturtevant (they/them)
Organizer

Lane is a Vermonter who came to Maine for college and never left. They have worked at nonprofit organizations in Lewiston and the Midcoast in youth programming and education roles. Most recently, they served as a youth coordinator for OUT Maine, an organization supporting and empowering LGBTQ+ youth in rural Maine. Lane has a B.A. in anthropology from Bowdoin College. They are excited to combine their passion for an equitable democratic process with their love for Maine communities in this organizing role.

Meg McCormick (she/her)
Director of Maine Students Vote

Meg has supported civic engagement efforts in Maine and New England since 2016. Previously, as the Director of Programs at Maine Campus Compact, she designed and managed community and civic engagement projects across Maine and New England. Before moving to Maine, she helped establish Northwest Indian College’s department of service-learning and then co-founded the Institute of Indigenous Foods and Traditions. In this capacity, Meg worked with 28 tribes in Washington on food policy campaigns and revitalizing tribal food systems. In 2019, Meg founded the Maine Students Vote initiative — a nonpartisan effort to expand student voting and democratic engagement on Maine colleges and universities. Meg also supports the Campus Election Engagement Project and works with campuses in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont on institutionalizing election engagement.