Peter’s 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 peers on deadline cry, upend desks and throw chairs into walls. He has also 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. 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. As principal for HutchinsWeed, Peter has completed projects for clients ranging from state universities; to multi-national oil companies; to hunger relief agencies. He serves as East Coast editor at large for MovieMaker Magazine, where he has written about biker gangs, British gangsters, French criminals and other denizens of the film underworld.
He is a co-founder of Kinonik, a Portland, Maine, nonprofit film society. He previously served on the boards of the Maine Academy of Modern Music and Friends of Portland Public Library.
Skills: Writing, editing, design, website development, social media implementation, strategic communications planning.
Technical experience: Adobe Creative Suite, Drupal, WordPress, HubSpot, Basecamp, Microsoft Office, Google Analytics, Hootsuite, Survey Monkey, MailChimp and Neon.
Jennifer is a leader in Maine’s nonprofit community. She has worked in nonprofit leadership, research, communications/public relations and marketing for nonprofits and universities in Maine and Washington, D.C. For HutchinsWeed’s nonprofit clients, Jennifer provides a wealth of knowledge about nonprofit communications. Having witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly in the nonprofit world, she understands the unique challenges that nonprofits face and helps them develop strategic approaches to develop messaging that clearly supports missions.
She is the executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP). Before joining MANP, she was executive director of Creative Portland; marketing director at the Muskie School for Public Service at the University of Southern Maine; and marketing director for Portland Stage Company. She has also worked for a marketing research firm, a nationwide advocacy organization, and universities in Rennes, France.
Jennifer has extensive volunteer leadership experience. She is on the board of the Maine Academy of Modern Music. She previously served on boards at MANP, St. Lawrence Arts, Downtown Portland, and Visit Portland. She holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the Muskie School, where she published research on the impact of the “creative economy” on New England economies, with a focus on Greater Portland. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
Skills: Nonprofit management and development, strategic planning, board development, nonprofit governance, French fluency.
Technical experience: Microsoft Office. Raiser’s Edge.