Jess Maurer began work as the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging in 2011. She advocates for healthy aging at the national, state and local levels on behalf of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging. She also assists the area agencies in strategic planning, program development & implementation. She provides leadership within Maine’s aging network, including on the Maine Council on Aging and Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, to advance public policy initiatives that support Maine’s aging population. She is one of the lead authors of the 2012-16 Maine State Plan on Aging and of Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place. She was the primary organizer for the Speaker’s Round Table Discussions on Aging and the Maine Summit in Aging and is helping to lead the Maine Aging Initiative.
A licensed Maine attorney, Jess worked for nearly 17 years in the Maine Office of the Attorney General. In her last 7 years in the Office, she served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, implementing public policy and legislative initiatives for the Attorney General. Aging related policy initiatives include elder abuse prevention, prescription drug pricing and end of life care. She is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
In addition to her role as Operations Director for the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging, Patty is the Executive Director of the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine, an organization dedicated to helping older individuals live their lives free from abuse and violence. She began her work with this organization in 2001 as a Board member and in 2009, she authored the federal grant that brought Maine’s first transitional housing dedicated solely for older victims of abuse; this program is called Martha’s Cottage and is one of only two such programs in the country.
Prior to her role as Executive Director with the Elder Abuse Institute, Patty was the first ED of the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine, the Director of Community Development for Volunteers of America Northern New England and the owner/founder of Ideactive Solutions, which offers consultation services to nonprofit agencies. In this role, Patty worked with Jess Maurer to author Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place and assisted Harpswell Aging at Home in conducting their focus groups and creating their action plan. Patricia has worked in the not-for-profit world for over 25 years, working in diverse capacities with a variety of populations. She has worked in special education classrooms with children with special needs, in the community mental health field with adolescents in treatment foster care, and with older adults residing in subsidized housing. Patty has an undergraduate degree in English, a Master’s in Human Services Administration and a Master’s degree in Community Economic Development.