Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation names new executive director
HOLDEN — The Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Maine has announced that Amanda Larson has joined the organization as executive director.
Larson comes to the Foundation after a long career in development and communications. She served as an adviser to organizations in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. before relocating to southern Maine.
For more than 20 years, Larson has advised startup and established businesses, taught workshops, designed curriculums and created highly successful marketing plans, fundraising campaigns and events for many clients nationwide.
“Amanda brings enthusiasm and expertise to her new role at the Masonic Charitable Foundation,” said Grand Master and Foundation President Thomas Pulkkinen. “ I am confident that her depth of experience will enable us to increase the reach and impact of our work in the community. We all look forward to working with her as she helps guide the Foundation to even greater success.”
Deputy Grand Master and outgoing Executive Director Mark Rustin added, “When I met with her, I was immediately impressed by her broad-based knowledge. I look forward to seeing the new ideas and energy she brings to our organization.”
As executive director, Larson will be responsible for managing a number of initiatives including charitable fundraising and the introduction and expansion of the Model Student Assistance Program throughout the state. A large part of her job will be helping lodges statewide with charitable efforts within their own communities.
“I am thrilled to join the Foundation team,” Larson said. “Masons are deeply committed to community service, and it is a true privilege to work with the Brotherhood to benefit as many people as possible across the great state of Maine.”
Larson holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont and an honors MA in Theology and Religious History from The General Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in New York City. Career highlights include creating the original Larson Institute (1990 to 2000) and, working with the team at Georgetown University and keybridge.net, establishing one of the early small business retail and information sites on the Web. As a consultant, she has worked with a number of organizations, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, NHS Human Services, Greater Portland Landmarks, Washington National Cathedral and The National Foundation for Women Business Owners.