Janet Smith

(Former role) Regional Manager

New Ventures Maine

Janet is the Western Regional Manager and Workforce Development Specialist for New Ventures Maine. She provides training in New Venture Maine’s workforce, asset, and leadership development program areas and supervises staff and programming in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties. In addition, she developed and coordinates New Venture’s Rainy Day Savings program statewide and is the Program Manager for the CA$H Maine Financial Capability and Asset Building Project. Most recently she adapted the Rainy Day Savings Program for survivors of domestic violence and incarcerated individuals. New Ventures Maine helps Maine people succeed in the changing economy and achieve economic security for themselves and their families. It is a statewide training and economic development program administered through the University of Maine System and co-located on several campuses.  Services are provided in-person and online through nine Resource Centers and several outreach sites throughout all of Maine’s 16 counties and beyond. Janet received her Bachelor’s in Plant Science from the University of Maine at Orono and Master’s of Science in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine.

Since completing the Fellowship, Janet has become Executive Director of New Ventures Maine.