Allison Wells

Allison Wells, Senior Director, Communications

Allison Wells

As NRCM’s communications lead, Allison and her team work across the organization to develop and implement winning strategies. She also brings her extensive expertise to the production of NRCM’s materials, and is responsible for NRCM’s website and social platforms. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she helps set organizational policies. Engaging people to protect the environment and enjoy the outdoors has always been important to Allison. Before her position at NRCM brought her back to her native Maine (her family goes back many generations), she was Communications and Media Relations Director at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO), where her work also included brokering small to multi-million-dollar licensing deals around CLO’s extensive assets. She received her BA from the University of Maine at Farmington and her Masters from Cornell University. Allison and her husband Jeff are the authors of the books Maine’s Favorite Birds (Tilbury House Publishers) and Birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao: a Site and Field Guide (Cornell University Press), and they write a weekly birding column for the Boothbay Register. She lives in Gardiner with her family, their dog, and two indoor cats.

My Favorite Way to Enjoy Maine: Birding! And kayaking Maine’s lovely lakes and rivers, and exploring our ever-changing ocean beaches. Our state has so many beautiful natural areas—my family and I take every opportunity we can to enjoy them.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Peppermint Patty at the Goose Rocks Dairy Bar in Kennebunkport

Favorite Quote:

“…For to come upon warblers in early May
Was to forget time and death:
How they filled the oriole’s elm, a twittering restless cloud, all one morning,
And I watched and watched till my eyes blurred…”
—Theodore Roethke, from “The Far Field”

And: While at Cornell, I was the vocalist for a 20-piece jazz band that performed around Upstate New York and on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Why I Do This Work

“My family has lived in Maine going back hundreds of years. The idea that I can help protect this beautiful place and its way of life not only for my son but for generations to come compels me every single day.”