Our Team

Meet the team behind JMJU's work! 

Chloe Maxmin (she/her)
Senior Director

Chloe Maxmin, hailing from rural Maine, is currently a Maine State Senator and an organizer for JustME for JustUS. She was elected in 2020 after unseating a two-term Republican incumbent and (former) Senate Minority Leader. In 2018, she served in the Maine House of Representatives after becoming the first Democrat to win a rural conservative district. She is the youngest woman ever to serve in the Maine State Senate and co-author of Dirt Road Revival. IG: @chloe.maxmin

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Laura Bither (she/her)
Director

Laura Bither is an intersectional climate justice activist with a zeal for community-based change. She graduated from Wesleyan University with High Honors in Biology and Environmental Studies and a minor in African Studies. As an AmeriCorps VISTA in Chelsea, MA, she broadened her understanding of the need for intersectional justice in affordable housing, public benefits, and financial education. The pandemic brought her back to Maine where she has been thrilled to work within the rich network of collaborative community organizations. Catch her competitively reading books, cooking for friends, taking any excuse to get outside, and convening with several local equity groups.

Larissa Holland (she/her)

Development Advisor

Hailing from Jonesboro, Maine, Larissa Holland is a 2020 graduate of Smith College where she earned a degree in both Environmental Science & Policy and Architecture. At Smith, Larissa's student leadership in sustainability led her to be elected to the college’s Board on Sustainability and in 2019, Larissa was one of just 55 students in the U.S. to receive the prestigious Udall Scholarship, recognizing scholarship, leadership and a commitment to a career in the environment. In addition to her work with JMJU, Larissa is a Sustainability Consultant working to decarbonize and future proof the aviation sector. In addition to organizing around community health and climate justice, Larissa loves hosting dinner dress-up parties, cooking wild foods, and riding her second hand road bike through city centers.

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Edge Venuti (she/her)

Rural Youth Organizer: Washington County

Hi, my name is Edge Venuti (she/her/hers). I’m seventeen years old and I currently live in Robbinston, Maine. Climate justice is something that I am extremely passionate about, and I want to do everything I can to help make a difference. I am excited to continue and grow my activism journey by working as JMJU’s Rural Youth Organizer. I also love reading, Marvel movies and long walks/runs in nature. 

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