Lisa Pohlmann began serving as NRCM’s executive director in early 2011. She brings to her leadership role a deep passion for the environment and a strong history of advocacy for the people of Maine. Lisa first joined the NRCM team in 2000, as a member of the board of directors, later serving as board president. In 2008, she became NRCM’s deputy director.
During her time as deputy director, Lisa played the key role of federal issues coordinator for NRCM, leading a broad-based coalition in 2009-10. Through her coalition leadership, hundreds of Maine businesses, laborers, health professionals, sportsmen, faith leaders, and veterans spoke out about the need for the nation to move toward a clean energy future. She quickly gained a reputation in state and national circles for her skillful facilitation and advocacy.
Pohlmann previously served as associate director for the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP), where she worked to promote sustainable economic development, conducting research, building coalitions, and advocating before the Legislature on many issues. During her 13-year tenure at MECEP, she gained a reputation in the state policy arena for her collaborative approach, persistence, and ability to effectively engage citizens in complex policy issues.
Pohlmann began her career in Maine as the executive director for New Hope for Women, the domestic violence organization in the Midcoast. There she became an experienced local grassroots organizer, state coalition leader, and spokesperson during the early years of implementing the state’s response to domestic violence.
Pohlmann has a Doctorate from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. A resident of Jefferson, she has had a lifelong love of the outdoors, and regularly kayaks, hikes, skis, and camps across Maine.