We recently welcomed Jennifer (Jenny) Jones as the Interim Downeast Director at our Downeast campus in Cherryfield. Jenny has worked with nonprofits in Downeast Maine for almost a decade, most recently as the Community Resource Representative for Eastern and Northern Maine at the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Through this position at Good Shepherd, Jenny worked directly with Mission Downeast food security program staff in Washington County.
Mission President John Zavodny shares about Jones’s hiring, “We couldn’t be more excited about Jenny joining us. She brings a wealth of leadership training and experience with education, youth development, program evaluation, service programs, and food security. Jenny knows Downeast Maine and her passion for service is contagious.”
“I am excited to be a part of the Washington county community as a representative of Maine Seacoast Mission. This is an organization that has created such deep trust with many,” Jenny says. “From past work experience I couldn’t help but be impressed with the collaborative and creative mindset of Washington counties’ nonprofits, towns, and citizens to strengthen their communities. I decided I wanted to be a part of the incredible work.”
Prior to her position at Good Shepherd, Jenny was the Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Food Pantry in Bar Harbor. At the pantry, Jones grew the organization’s visibility in the community through expanding their social media presence, grant opportunities, news articles, and collaborations with other organizations and businesses. She launched new distribution programs and a satellite produce distribution center. Jenny graduated from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and earned her Master’s in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota.