In the fall of 2004, Mrs. Lachance was named President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation. In that capacity, she is responsible for providing overall leadership, guidance and direction to the Maine Development Foundation, a highly-regarded non-profit development corporation established in state statute in 1978 with a broad mandate to promote economic development. The Foundation has earned a statewide reputation as an independent, non-partisan advocate for long-term economic growth. The Foundation’s current portfolio of programs includes Leadership Maine, the Policy Leaders Academy, the Maine Economic Growth Council, and the Maine Downtown Center. The Foundation has also recently taken on responsibility for REALIZE!Maine, an initiative to make Maine the best place in America for young people to live and work.
Prior to joining MDF, Laurie served as the Maine State Economist for 11 years under the McKernan, King and Baldacci Administrations. As State Economist, she was responsible for managing all aspects of the operations of the Economics Team including: assessing and projecting economic trends, advising government leaders on the economic aspects of public policy development and implementation, and providing information to Maine leaders on economic growth. She chaired the State’s Revenue Forecasting Committee and served as Administration lead or co-lead on various policy initiatives including Tax and Fiscal Reform, the Retirement Industry Advisory Council, the BundleMeUp Campaign, Utility Restructuring and on energy policy and telecommunications issues.
Prior to joining the State Planning Office, Ms. Lachance served as Central Maine Power Company’s Corporate Economist, preparing the company’s sales and revenue projections, delivering expert testimony to the Public Utilities Commission and analyzing business trends.
A graduate of Bowdoin College and Thomas College’s MBA program, Laurie has been highly engaged in her community, having served as a Cub Scout leader and volunteering at Manchester Elementary School. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Economic Development Council of Maine and the Compact for Higher Education; the Board of Visitors of the Muskie School of Public Service; the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Advisory Committee; and the Editorial Board of the Maine Policy Review. She previously served on the Maine Council on Economic Education for 13 years.