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Jim Dowe Signs on as Interim President & CEO at Good Shepherd Food Bank

Jim Dowe Signs on as Interim President & CEO at Good Shepherd Food Bank

Former MPBN and Bangor Savings Bank CEO will lead the search for a permanent executive

Auburn, ME –
Jim Dowe, who served most recently as President and CEO of Maine Public Broadcasting Network and is a former president of Bangor Savings Bank, will serve as Interim President and CEO of Good Shepherd Food Bank through August 2012. Good Shepherd Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Maine, working with more than 600 partner agencies across the state to acquire and distribute food to those in need.

During his tenure at the Food Bank, Dowe will assist the Board of Directors and senior leadership with the search for a permanent President and CEO.

“We are thrilled to have Jim Dowe on board as Good Shepherd Food Bank’s leader for the next several months,” says David Pierson, chair of the Food Bank’s board of directors. “As we continue our important work of feeding Maine’s hungry, Jim’s leadership experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, along with his commitment to serving the community, will be an invaluable resource for moving this organization into the future.”

Dowe began his tenure as President of MPBN in April of 2006 after serving as a trustee on MPBN’s board for many years. He also served as President, CEO and Trustee for ten years at Bangor Savings Bank and held the position of President and CEO at Bath Savings Institution for nine years.

Dowe has served as chairman of the Maine Association of Community Banks and as a director of America’s Community Bankers. Active in community affairs, he serves as director for Action Committee of 50, and is a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy and is a member of the Creative Economy Council. He has also served as a Trustee of the University of Maine System.

Mainebiz recognized Dowe as the 2003 Business Leader of the Year. He graduated from Leavitt Institute, attended the University of Vermont and earned a BA degree from the University of Maine in 1972.

In September Dowe will travel to Kenya to work as the volunteer Interim Enterprise Development Manager for The Nature Conservancy (Africa Region) and the Northern Rangelands Trust to enhance revenue in pastoral communities from conservation friendly enterprises.

For statistics on poverty and hunger, photos, or interview requests, please contact Clara McConnell at (207) 782-3554 ext. 2107 or

About Good Shepherd Food Bank

The largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for those at risk of hunger by acquiring surplus and purchased food and distributing that food to more than 600 partner agencies across Maine.  Since 1981, the Food Bank has partnered with individuals, businesses, and farmers to alleviate hunger and build community relationships.  In 2011 the Food Bank distributed 13 million pounds of food to families in need.  Phone:  (207) 782-3554; Website:; Facebook:; Twitter: