GrowSmart Maine Announces Staffing Changes

Portland – GrowSmart Maine is pleased to announce the addition of Janet Sawyer of Dover-Foxcroft as Business Development Director and the transition of Andrew Zarro from Development Director to Community Engagement Director.  “With these changes”, says Executive Director Nancy Smith, “we are better able to support communities across Maine, building on the unique strengths of each of our team members.”  Janet will build relationships with the many businesses across Maine that support and benefit from the mission and work of the organization.  Andrew will continue his work in building a series of smart growth forums while traveling across Maine to implement Making Headway in Your Community, a community engagement program to build stronger, better connected communities throughout Maine in partnership with the Maine Downtown Center, a program of Maine Development Foundation.

zarroheadshotAndrew Zarro grew up in rural Vermont, and graduated from The University of Vermont in 2010. He moved to Boston and received his Master of Public Administration from Northeastern University. Andrew has led several small nonprofits working on a range of missions including Executive Director of a criminal justice policy reform organization and as Executive Director of a Boston Main Streets District in Jamaica Plain. Now a resident of Portland, Andrew is so grateful to live in such a thriving New England city.



2016 01 14 head shot JanetJanet Sawyer worked as Business Development Director for Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, owned her own small business, and managed outside sales for a Maine-based office products distributor. Janet grew up in Corinth, Maine. She left Maine to earn her undergraduate degree at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, but came back home as soon as she could. Janet lives with her husband, Dwain Allen, and their pampered dog, Libby, in Dover-Foxcroft where she is very active in the community. Janet is proud and delighted to work for an organization whose mission compliments her core beliefs.

The Mission of GrowSmart Maine is to build lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines Maine. GrowSmart Maine’s goal is to create a robust economy, vibrant communities and a healthy environment for generations to come through advocacy, education, projects and strategic partnerships. For more information, please visit