Erik Jorgensen Announces House District 115 Run (Portland; Back Cove, Deering Highlands and Oakdale)

Posted on March 2, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

From his submitted bio:

Erik Jorgensen has 25 years experience in Maine’s cultural and educational sectors, and for the past thirteen years has worked at the Maine Humanities Council a statewide educational organization. He has served as its executive director since 2007.

This work has brought him to all corners of Maine, where he has worked with an array of community groups, schools, colleges, and local organizations. Jorgensen notes that there is a clear intersection between the humanities and public policy, and that issues as diverse as the Maine tax system and the state’s civic culture can be better understood when seen in the context of local and state history.

On a more pragmatic level, Jorgensen brings management and analytical experience gained from more than 15 years as an executive director, both at the Council, and for a decade leading the Pejepscot Historical Society, a regional history organization in Brunswick. In these positions he has been involved in cultural tourism, community planning, and civic affairs. He has met payrolls, balanced budgets, and worked with government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. He believes that one of his most important strengths has been in working successfully with diverse groups of constituents in projects as varied as the creative economy initiative, and cultural tourism development.

His advocacy experience includes managing the successful campaign to establish the interagency New Century Community Program, a cultural development initiative established by the legislature in 1999, which has provided more than $6 million in funding for museums, arts groups, libraries, and historic preservation projects around the State.

Jorgensen has lived in Greater Portland since the 1980’s, and been a Portland resident since 1999. He lives on Highland Street with his wife, Tamara Risser and their son, Will Jorgensen, a fourth grader at Longfellow school.

He holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, for which he received the Henry Brooks Public Service Fellowship.

In addition to participating in (and in one case, managing) several local legislative campaigns, he serves on the board of directors of the Maine Center for Economic Policy and is a longstanding member and current board member of the Rotary Club of Portland. He is a member of the University of Southern Maine’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences advisory board, and served for four years as chair of the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation’s community advisory board.

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