MECEP Staff Bios

Sarah Austin, Policy Analyst

Sarah Austin 10-26-2015websiteSarah holds a master’s of public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s of science in environmental policy from Maine’s Unity College. Prior to MECEP, she worked at the State Innovation Exchange at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy where she helped build a library of progressive state legislation and educate state legislators on policy issues. Sarah has also worked on several issue campaigns in Maine and across the country on topics ranging from tax reform to non-discrimination.

Tel: 207.620-1104          Email: saustin[at]mecep[dot]org

Jody Harris, Associate Director


Jody has 30 years of public policy and management experience having worked at the Maine State Planning Office under four governors and served as town manager in two Maine towns. She has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Maine. She was selected by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy.

Tel: 207.620.1105          Email: jharris[at]mecep[dot]org

Garrett Martin, Executive Director

GMartin_Picture_10-27-2015websitev2Garrett served as MECEP’s associate director for two years before being named executive director in 2011. He worked as director of program strategy at the Maine Community Foundation and associate director at the Genesis Community Loan Fund. He has extensive experience in community economic development including work in the Mississippi Delta, India, and Ecuador. Garrett was selected as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina and a Truman Scholar for graduate studies by the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University.

Tel: 207.620.1101          Email: gmartin[at]mecep[dot]org

Megan Michaud, Senior Associate

Megan Michaud2Megan was formerly the policy and legislative director for Voices for Progress in Washington, D.C. She previously worked for nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill as legislative staff, including serving as a legislative aide and later legislative director for former Maine Congressman Tom Allen. Megan is also an independent consultant working with non-profits to create and implement advocacy, communications, and development strategies. Born and raised in Maine, Megan graduated from Colby College with a degree in anthropology and a minor in math.

Email: mmichaud[at]mecep[dot]org 

Mark Sullivan, Communications Director


Mark is a seasoned communications and public policy professional, having served as communications director and senior policy advisor to Congressman Tom Allen. He also served as communications director for Protect Maine Equality and deputy commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation. He studied for a master’s of arts from Old Dominion University where he was named a Dominion Fellow. Mark is a city councilor for the city of Hallowell.

Tel: 207.620.1102          Email: msullivan[at]mecep[dot]org