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Jennifer Hutchins

Jennifer has been working in communications, public relations, and marketing for higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations in Maine, Washington, D.C. and France since 1990.

In addition to working with clients, she currently serves as the director of communications and external affairs for Maine’s premier public policy school – the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

Before joining the Muskie School, Jennifer was the marketing director for Portland Stage Company, Maine’s largest fully professional theater and, for a time, was its photographer. She has also worked for a marketing research firm, a nationwide advocacy organization, and universities in Rennes, France.

Jennifer has extensive volunteer leadership experience. Currently, she is the vice president of the Maine Association of Nonprofits and is on the Board of Directors of the St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center. She teaches media relations and communications seminars for the Maine Association of Nonprofits and has served as a volunteer facilitator for Common Good Ventures.

Jennifer holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the Muskie School, and a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

Peter Weed

Peter’s journalism career has carried him from Maine to California and back, with a couple of stops at the University of Missouri.

Newspaper assignments have included covering wine and crime for the Napa Register, serving as deputy sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune, and working as special sections editor at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. Along the way, he has seen grown men on deadline cry, upend desks and throw chairs into walls. And he has learned the importance of deadlines and wise project management.

During a respite from newsprint, he taught for three years at the University of Missouri while blissfully pursuing graduate studies, and he fondly remembers a Missouri journalism professor who claimed the ability to trim 100 words from the Gettysburg Address – with no harm to the original.

He has completed freelance projects for clients ranging from software developers to governmental social service agencies, and he continues to be a contributing writer for MovieMaker Magazine, where he has written about biker gangs, British gangsters, French criminals and other denizens of the film underworld.