The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators has selected Rep. Vicki Doudera, as the 2022 Maine State Lead. This position exemplifies a strong dedication to sound environmental policy in Maine and a demonstrated leadership role within the organization.

“I’m thrilled to have been selected by NCEL to work with my colleagues to advance important environmental legislation in Maine. From pollinators to PFAS, ocean acidification to climate adaption, we have no shortage of work before us. As the NCEL Maine State Lead, I’ll facilitate collaboration between lawmakers exploring these issues, and make sure they have the resources and tools to pursue sound environmental policies with the help of NCEL’s network and research.”

As a State Lead, Doudera will exhibit leadership within NCEL by coordinating relevant in-state events and growing the organizations’s network of legislators to assist in advancing environmental issues.

“NCEL’s State Leads are vital to promoting cross-state collaboration on environmental policy,” said Jeff Mauk, executive director of NCEL. “Having a legislator in each state to help facilitate NCEL’s work is invaluable, as they can introduce legislators to emerging environmental topics and facilitate introductions with peers across the country, creating new avenues for cooperation and sharing lessons learned.”

Created by and for state legislators, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes over 1,200 environmentally committed state legislators from all 50 states and both major parties. NCEL provides venues and opportunities for lawmakers to share ideas and collaborate on their environmental priorities while embedding notions of equity and justice every step of the way.

Vicki Doudera, D-Camden, represents District 94 in the Maine Legislature and is serving her second term. She is a member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee and chairs the Legislative Gun Safety Caucus.