Our Board

Jill M. Ward, President (South Portland)

Jill currently serves as President of the LWVME and MCCE. Jill has been a League member since 2009 and has been involved with MCCE since 2008. She currently runs the Maine Center for Juvenile Policy and Law at the University of Maine School of Law and does non-profit consulting work with clients in Maine and nationally. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center, Jill has always had a strong interest in civic life and public service. She returned to her home state of Maine with her family in 2007 after more than 15 years’ experience in the public sector, including senior policy positions with Girl Scouts of the USA, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC. Jill also worked in the U.S. Senate for Senators Paul S. Sarbanes (MD) and George J. Mitchell (ME). When not working or volunteering, Jill can be found running around with her boys, Michael, 14, and Nicholas, 11.

Polly Ward, Vice President (Yarmouth)

Polly joined the League of Women Voters of Maine in 2012. She is currently Vice President of the LWVME and MCCE. Polly is also a member of the Portland Area League of Women Voters and serves as Treasurer for the LWVPA. She moved to Maine in 1981, and retired in 2010 from a long career in the public sector, working primarily in human resources. She has served as Deputy Commissioner for the Maine Department of Education, Director of Personnel and Administrative Services for the Maine School Management Association, for the South Portland School Department as Business Manager, and in human resources for Portland Public Schools.

Chris Hafford, Secretary (Portland)

Chris joined the board of MCCE in November 2016 and has been on the board of LWVME since July 23rd, 2018. He currently serves as Secretary for both organizations. A dedicated volunteer, Chris has worked on many different political campaigns and initiatives throughout the years. Some of his activities include knocking on doors, calling undecided voters, and organizing petition and voter registration drives and other work for ballot initiatives. He believes that democracy is a living entity that must be nurtured and carefully tended so that it can grow and adapt to become more fully functioning for more individuals. Chris strongly believes that the fight to keep money out of politics is a bedrock issue of our entire political system.

Ann Luther, Treasurer (Trenton)

Ann currently serves as Treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Maine and MCCE. She served as President of LWVME from 2003 to 2007 and as co-president from 2007-2009. In her work for the League, Ann has worked for greater public understanding of public policy issues and for the League's priority issues in Clean Elections & Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Rights, Ethics in Government, Ranked Choice Voting, and Repeal of Term Limits. Representing LWVME at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, she served that coalition as co-president from 2006 to 2011. She is active in the LWV-Downeast and hosts their monthly radio show, "The Democracy Forum", on WERU FM Community Radio. She was the 2013 recipient of the Baldwin Award from the ACLU of Maine for her work on voting rights and elections. She joined the League in 1998 when she retired as Senior Vice President at SEI Investments. Ann was a founder of the MDI Restorative Justice Program, 1999 - 2000, and served on its Executive Board.

Micky Bondo (Portland)

Abusana Micky Bondo, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the mother of 5 children. She holds an M.S. in biochemistry, specializing in microbiology laboratory and is licensed in phlebotomy, Business Adm and Education. Prior to immigrating to the United States, she was a hospital administrator and Laboratory Technician Supervisor in DR Congo. In 2010, she was an interpreter/translator of French and Lingala at the Portland Public Schools and presently is Coalition Parent Leader Organizer for Portland Empowered, a platform for the Muskie School at USM which bridges the Public School, Parents, and Community members in order to create pathways for student success and to engage parents with their child’s educational development. She is a co-founder of In Her Presence, an organization led by immigrant women to navigate the integration and Social justice process. She is also a member of the Board Directors of The Opportunity Alliance, member of the bureau Goal 1 at United Way GP and presents nationally and internationally at conferences as a member of the Speaker bureau at Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest Philanthropic Organization in New England that focuses exclusively to improve Education for minority students, champion of Student-centered Learning. In 2018, she was elected to the School Board of Education in Portland Maine for District 1.

Pamela Cox (Bath)

Pamela is a senior international finance, trade, economic development and policy leader with over 30 years' experience in the World Bank Group. During her three decades there, she held senior operating roles in East and South Asia, Latin America and Africa, where she managed multibillion dollar portfolios and engaged with client governments at the highest levels. Pamela has deep expertise in management, project finance, including developing innovative financing and risk management instruments and implementing high profile infrastructure investments, as well as in public sector policy formation and government relations. She is also an independent trustee and audit committee member for Baillie Gifford Overseas Ltd. US mutual funds. Pamela earned an MA and PhD from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where she studied development economics and received a Shell Fellowship to fund her dissertation research on energy issues in Senegal. She is a graduate of Reed College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her languages include French, Spanish and Portuguese. Pamela serves on the boards of Partners Global, the Maine Center for Economic Policy, and chairs the Bath Backpack Program and the Board of the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

Benjamin Gaines (Portland) 

Ben Gaines is an attorney based in Cumberland County with a practice focused primarily on elder law, nonprofit organizations, and election/political law. Before coming to Maine and beginning his legal practice, he spent over a decade working on political campaigns all over the country, from the Deep South to the Pacific Northwest. Preparedness and dedication are qualities Ben has cultivated throughout his career passionately holding his family and political beliefs close to his pursuits. With roots in local advocacy and leadership, he is committed to serving his community by working and volunteering with activist groups, including sitting on the Board of Directors for Maine League of Women Voters, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, and Fair Election Portland.

Susana Hancock (Freeport)

Susana is a linguist and anthropologist focusing on geopolitics of climate change in the Arctic and Middle East. She holds three degrees from the University of Oxford, most recently earning her DPhil/PhD last year. She is the recipient of many national and international fellowships and honors. She is a former international elite rower and has coached both at the University of Oxford and now with Waynflete School in Portland. Susana is a coordinator for Democracy Maine’s Outreach and Education and leads the Speakers’ Bureau. This includes designing various educational curricula, which she has presented throughout Maine, and now around the world (thank you, Zoom!). She is multilingual and has delivered material in five languages. Susana has numerous and varied talents ranging from winning an international award as an amateur astrophysicist, performing as a concert cellist, and performing as a sleight of hand magician. She is on the International Council and leadership for the Association for Polar Early Career Scientists, is an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and an Arctic consultant for the UN’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Additionally, she serves on a variety of local, state and international climate, policy and academic boards. 

James Kilbreth (Portland)

Jamie Kilbreth of Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law focuses his practice on commercial and regulatory litigation, environmental and energy matters, higher education issues, election law, and constitutional challenges. Jamie was the lead lawyer for the States of Maine and New Hampshire in litigation against the tobacco industry, securing a recovery of several billion dollars. Among others, he has represented a class of retired Maine State employees fighting pension cutbacks, sued Governor LePage on behalf of Maine Equal Justice and 70,000 Mainers to force implementation of Medicaid expansion, and was counsel in several cases challenging the constitutionality of Ranked Choice Voting. In addition to his Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, Jamie has been recognized by a number of independent attorney rating publications: Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA; New England Super Lawyers; and Benchmark Litigation.

Lillias Martin (Thomaston)

Lillias, a retired teacher, has been a member of the Midcoast LWV since 2017. She graduated from St. Mary of the Woods College and received a Master’s Degree from Drexel University. In her teaching career, she served as a Team Leader of school staff and Chair of the district-wide Literacy Curriculum Team, responsible for curriculum development, selection, and implementation, as well as staff development and training through state and national educational initiatives such as the Common Core. She was a longtime board member of Trekkers, a teen mentoring program, and continues to volunteer and substitute teach at local schools. She is also the representative for the LWVME Council of Local Leaders.

Alison Smith (Portland)

Alison has been a League member since the 1980s, and it was through the LWVME that she first got involved in Clean Elections. She was one of 1,100 Mainers who volunteered to collect signatures in 1995 to put Clean Elections on the ballot. Ever since then, she has worked on Clean Elections in either a volunteer or professional capacity and has remained a supportive member of the League.