MEET THE ADVOCACY TEAM

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The Maine State Chamber of Commerce has the largest advocacy team in Augusta and works diligently to keep Maine
businesses competitive in the global economy.  MSCC staff monitors hundreds of pieces of legislation each year that affects Maine
businesses bottom line and the cost of doing business in the state.  
 

 
 
  Connors
Dana Connors
President

 
As the leader of the state's largest and most diverse business association, Dana oversees a broad range of activities, including advocacy efforts, economic and workforce development initiatives, and a wide variety of member services for the business community. 

A Maine native, he received a bachelor's degree in public management from the University of Maine in 1965.  He began his career as the city manager of Presque Isle and later served as Commissioner of Transportation under 2 governors and as leader of Governor Angus King's transition team before becoming president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce in 1994. 

He has received numerous awards for his service and leadership to the state of Maine throughout his career. Most recently, he was inducted into Junior Achievement's Maine Business Hall of Fame (2014) and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Maine, Orono (2015).

Contact Dana at (207) 623-4568 ext. 103, or by e-mail at dana.f.connors@mainechamber.org.

         
         
  Gore
Peter Gore
Vice President of Government Relations

 
Peter has been with the Maine State Chamber of Commerce since 1994, serving initially as the Senior Governmental Affairs Specialist, and since 2008, as the Vice President for Advocacy and Government Relations. In this capacity, Gore represents the Chamber's network of more than 5,000 business members before the Maine Legislature, the Office of the Governor, and the public in the specific areas of workers' compensation law, labor/management issues, and healthcare/health insurance and economic development topics. Peter is a graduate of the University of Maine at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a minor in Sociology.

Contact Peter at (207) 623-4568 ext. 107, or by e-mail at pgore@mainechamber.org.
         
         
  Gilman
Ben Gilman
Senior Government Relations Specialist

 
Ben joined the Maine State Chamber of Commerce in 2010. In his capacity at the Chamber, Ben focuses primarily on utilities and energy, natural resources, and business regulation issues. Previously, he served as director of Government Affairs with the Maine Energy Marketers Association, director of Government Affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors, and as director of Outreach and Economic Development for U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. Ben received his BA from the University of Maine, Orono, JD from the University of Maine's School of Law, holds a certificate in International Law from Santa Clara University School of Law, and is a licensed attorney in the State of Maine.

Contact Ben at (207) 623-4568 ext. 108, or by e-mail at bgilman@mainechamber.org.
         
         
  Caprara
Linda Caprara
Senior Government Relations Specialist in Taxation/Director of Grassroots Advocacy

 
Linda joined the Maine State Chamber of Commerce in January 2008, and serves as the Senior Government Relations Specialist in Taxation and the Director of Grassroots Advocacy. Previously, she held the position of director of Government and Public Affairs at the Maine Pulp and Paper . She is a graduate of Saint Anselm College, with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. Linda attended Central Connecticut State University for additional studies in taxation and accounting and is a graduate of Connecticut School of Broadcasting.

Contact Linda at (207) 623-4568 ext. 106, or by e-mail at lcaprara@mainechamber.org.