Regional Voice Committee

The Regional Voice Committee plays a critical role in guiding GPCOG’s advocacy work with state lawmakers and policymakers.

The RVC is a group of volunteers selected by our Executive Committee from nominees submitted by elected municipal leaders all across our region. The RVC meets to learn about issues, evaluate policy options, and recommend specific policy positions for adoption by GPCOG’s Executive Committee.

The RVC is composed of:

  • April Caricchio – South Portland
  • Belinda Ray – Portland
  • Beth Edmonds –Freeport (chair)
  • Brian Libby – Standish
  • Bruce Foshay – Gray
  • Dan Coyne – United Way Greater Portland
  • Doug Reighley -Freeport
  • Ed Suslovic – University of Southern Maine
  • Jarrod Maxfield – Windham
  • Jean-Marie Caterina – Scarborough
  • Kimberly Cook – Portland
  • Mary Fernandes – Casco
  • Pious Ali – Portland
  • Ronald Shepard – Gorham
  • Jennifer Speirs
  • Glenn Zaidman – Bridgton
  • Jamie Garvin – Cape Elizabeth

If you have a passion for our mission and our region, and you enjoy state and federal policy discussions, let us know.


Sign up for policy updates and action alerts and join our growing network of influencers as we share our priorities with all of our elected representatives.

Read our Roadmap to Prosperity briefing paper, which is intended to help Governor Mills and Legislature understand what municipalities do, how they can do better by working together through regional strategies, and how state government is a critical partner in making that happen.

Read Chris Hall’s columns on issues and opportunities that GPCOG members and friends can speak out on.

The Legislature Takes Up the Local Option Sales Tax

Now is the Time to Advocate for Increased Revenue Sharing 03.13.19

Understanding the Governor’s Budget.0215.19

Gov. Mills told us her priorities. What do you think? 01.04.19

Reaching Out to Lawmakers 01.16.19

Getting to Know the New Commissioners 01.31.19

For more information, contact Chris Hall, General Counsel and Director of Regional Initiatives for GPCOG.