Meet the team behind JMJU's work!
Chloe Maxmin (she/her)
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
Laura Bither (she/her)
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.
Elizabeth Ford (she/her)
Rural Youth Organizer: Hancock County
This is Elizabeth Ford from Ellsworth, Maine and a rising senior at Ellsworth High School. She has been involved with local activism as a volunteer at the Human Rights Campaign, Ellsworth Pride, and the Rainbow Crosswalk Project in Ellsworth. She also was an intern for the League of Women Voters putting on virtual events for other youth to participate in. She is involved in many musical groups in the community and at EHS as well as many school clubs. She is excited to work further on voting outreach and getting more young people involved in politics. Elizabeth is very passionate about environmental justice and trying to prevent further harm to the planet. She’s excited to start working!
Larissa Holland (she/her)
Rural Youth Organizer: Washington County
Originally 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 as a junior, she 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.
After working in low-income solar expansion upon graduating college, Larissa now works with The Community Builders, INC - a nation-wide nonprofit devoted to developing affordable housing and sustaining healthy lives for all of its residents.
Having lost both her parents and grandparents by the age of 22, Larissa cares deeply about expanding rural Maine's access to health-focused care, resources, and infrastructure and hopes to empower other youth leaders to do the same. In addition to organizing around community health and climate justice, Larissa loves hosting dinner dress-up parties, swimming in wild waters, and riding her second hand road bike through city centers.
Madilyn Newcomb (she/her)
Rural Youth Organizer: Penobscot County
Originally from Eastport, ME, I am a senior at the University of Maine, an aspiring lawyer, and a passionate organizer. With no political background, I grew up knowing only that I wanted to help my community in whatever ways I could. Since then, I have had some incredible experiences throughout my various internships that have allowed me to help people vote, assist them with government agencies, and learned more through the work I have done than I ever could have in a classroom. I recently received the John Mitchell Nickerson Memorial Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship awarded to students in political science who signify their determination to serve the public unselfishly. I have also been accepted into Pi Sigma Alpha, a national honor society for upperclassmen political science students who are in the top third of academic performance of their entire class. With that being said, I hope to use my education and career experience to better Maine and honor the hard work that has gone into its communities. My primary policy focuses are education, labor, and technology. I also ‘focus’ on gardening, hiking, philosophy, and lots and lots of coffee.
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.