Ron Phillips is the founder (1977) and past president/CEO of Coastal Enterprises, Inc.(CEI), the Brunswick, Maine-based community development and financial institution. He led the organization for 38 years to be one of the state’s and nation’s larger rural development and investment organizations. With support from a federal program launched under the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity to mobilize private capital to invest in underserved rural and urban communities, major foundations such as the Ford Foundation also were catalytic in support of CEI.
Ron has served on many boards in Maine and nationally, including Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, New York-based Local Initiative Support Corporation, and KeyBank, N.A. in Cleveland. He continues as a member of the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Advisory Council, a presidential appointment of President Barack Obama. He currently serves on the boards of the Midcoast Conservancy in Wiscasset; the Maine Justice Foundation in Hallowell; and the Lee Auto Corporation in Auburn. He is an advisor to St. Joseph’s College, the Francis Perkins Center, and Lincoln Health. He is active with the Town of Waldoboro’s Economic Development Committee, and Broad Bay United Church of Christ.
Ron resides in Waldoboro with his wife, Suzanne, a Landscape Expressionist artist. He is a graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature; and M. Div from Union Theological Seminary in New York City; and various specialized studies including Strasbourg University in France, and Harvard Business School’s AMP program.
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