RELEASE: Foundation Announces 2022 Class of John T. Gorman Fellows

New cohort of public and nonprofit leaders will be empowered to strengthen the organizations and systems that support positive outcomes for Maine people

PORTLAND – The John T. Gorman Foundation has announced the fourth class of the John T. Gorman Fellowship, a group of 10 exceptional nonprofit and government leaders from across Maine.  The Fellowship is designed to strengthen the capacity of leaders and organizations to make changes that can improve the lives of vulnerable Maine people.

“We’re honored to bring together such an incredible group of leaders for this year’s John T. Gorman Fellowship. Each is already actively working to address the problems that most profoundly affect Maine people – and has demonstrated a commitment to making an even greater impact,” said Foundation President & CEO Nicole Witherbee. “This intensive Fellowship will offer them the tools to not only grow their own personal capacity, but ultimately improve the organizations, systems, and policies that serve Maine people and families.”

The 10 Fellows work on issues related to the Foundation’s mission and priorities: improving educational achievement for young children, promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth, helping parents to support their families, and enabling more low-income seniors to remain in their home communities as long as possible.
Through a series of intensive trainings starting in February, Fellows will learn more about their leadership practice in the context of personal strengths, organizational roles, and the complex systems in which they work. Discussions, exercises, and practice center on the framework of Results-Based Leadership – a model of leadership designed to make measurable, community-level changes. Fellows will apply these skills in their current positions and, ultimately, on a broader scale within their organizations, systems, and state.


John T. Gorman, known as Tom, was a grandson of L.L. Bean and established the Foundation in 1995 to help disadvantaged Mainers. In recent years, the independent, statewide Foundation has moved to focus strategically on four key areas: improving educational achievement for children; promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth; helping struggling parents to support their families and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible.

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