Lisa Pohlmann, CEO

Lisa Pohlmann, CEO
Lisa PohlmannLisa Pohlmann brings to her leadership role a deep passion for the environment and a strong history of advocacy for the people of Maine. Lisa joined the NRCM team in 2000 as a member of the Board of Directors, later serving as board president. She has been the CEO since 2011. During her tenure to date, NRCM has successfully blocked much of the anti-environmental rollback agenda of the previous administration and is now working toward progress on many fronts with the Mills Administration; increased NRCM’s budget, staffing and membership; strengthened NRCM’s work in coalitions; and enhanced leading-edge communications with members and the public. An inspiring speaker, Lisa can frequently be seen at press conferences, Rotary Clubs, and at NRCM member events, or serving as a panelist with other state, local, and regional leaders, and alongside elected state and federal officials. In 2015, she received one of the first “Women in Conservation” awards from the National Wildlife Federation.

Lisa has led and managed nonprofit organizations through her career in Maine. She worked on social and sustainable economic development policies as associate director at the Maine Center for Economic Policy, and on domestic violence as the executive director of New Hope for Women. She has a Doctorate from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

Lisa enjoys big-picture thinking and has a knack for engaging NRCM’s staff, board, and others in exploring opportunities and innovative ideas for protecting Maine’s beautiful environment. A resident of Belfast, Lisa has had a lifelong love of the outdoors, and regularly kayaks, hikes, skis, and camps across Maine. Her favorite way to enjoy Maine is in a kayak or canoe on a river and has paddled the Allagash, Moose, Narraguagus, Kennebec, Penobscot, Sheepscot, Cobboseecontee Stream, St George, and East and West Branches of the Penobscot, and the lovely, marshy outlet streams of many Maine lakes.

Favorite Maine Place: Cobscook Bay State Park and surrounds, where I go almost every year.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Gifford’s Caramel Caribou

Dog or Cat Person? Cat–currently, Isabella, who has a little bit of Coon Cat in her.

Why I Do This Work

"I feel lucky every day to have spent my adult life in this beautiful state. As they say, 'I’m not from here, but I got here as soon as I could.' I am absolutely determined to make sure the nature of Maine is intact and here to enjoy for generations to come."