Evan was born and raised in East Madison, Maine where he currently lives with his partner, Kate. Growing up in a small, close-knit, rural community, he learned from an early age the power that people can realize when they come together around their shared values. Prior to joining Mainers for Working Families, Evan designed and managed organizing programs in Maine and across the country for efforts including Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, campaigns to increase Maine’s voter turnout, Team Internet’s push to restore net neutrality, and many others.
In December of 2020, Auta retired from the State of Maine Department of Labor, where she had been leading the veterans ‘employment program for the past seven years. Prior to working for the State of Maine, she was the Executive Director of the TimeBanks USA Network and Maine Time Banks. Earlier in her career, Auta served in the US Air Force as a Russian Linguist. After separating from the military, she used the GI Bill to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration at USM. In addition to owning and selling two small businesses, Auta’s previous work has included coordinating employment, training and entrepreneurship programs for the women and minorities in Maine. She lives in Gardiner with her partner, Marianne, two kitties and a little, bossy shih tzu.
Director of Community Engagement
Andrew is the Director of Community Engagement at Mainers for Working Families, focusing on program implementation and management of the Small Business League. Andrew is a small business worker-owner in Portland, Maine, where he emphasizes the importance of putting his workers and community at the forefront of his business model.
Prior to owning and operating a small business, he worked for GrowSmart Maine engaging Maine municipalities at the intersection of their economy, community and environment. Andrew was also a Main Street Director with Boston Main Streets working to promote the model outlined by the National Historic Trust and Main Street America, one of the most powerful economic tools supporting small and locally owned businesses in the country. Andrew is also Portland City Councilor representing District 4.
Mike Seavey was born and raised in Portland, graduating from Portland High School in 1972. For 35 years, he served as a Roman Catholic parish priest in several Maine communities. During that time, he also studied and promoted social justice teaching and advocated on such issues as workplace justice and public assistance for asylum applicants. As a community organizer, Mike is tasked with outreach to Maine's faith communities and their various charitable organizations.