Join our Team! Discover Downtown Westbrook is now hiring an Event and Volunteer Coordinator. This is a vital position, responsible for implementing event and volunteer opportunities that engage our residents, businesses, and community partners and promote all the amazing activities happening in downtown Westbrook! For a full job description, click here!
Amy Grommes Pulaski serves as our Executive Director. Amy began as our interim director in January 2021 and agreed to serve in a permanent capacity that April. Amy comes to us with extensive experience in non-profit management.
She has in-depth knowledge of supporting small businesses & economic development, through her work managing Portland’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for 10 years. She also helped the Greater Portland Council of Governments launch a grant program to support small businesses in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 in Cumberland County using local and federal resources.
She brings experience in fundraising, grant writing, and volunteer program development. Amy has dedicated her career to solving community problems through creativity and partnerships.
Trained in both engineering and community development, she has the ability to see across disciplines and boundaries to create holistic solutions. She is excited about supporting our downtown businesses and being involved with the many developments that will shape our downtown in the coming years.
Ned DeBary is our Event Coordinator. Before moving to Portland, Ned lived in Boston and worked for the ESPN X Games, and at Allen & Gerritsen, a Boston-based marketing agency, where he found a passion for developing and managing non-profit, educational, and socially driven event programs for organizations such as Donate Life, The Museum of Science Boston, WBUR, HubWeek, and CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.
In the same role, Ned also managed corporate citizenship and community-building events for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Fidelity Investments. Ned is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who toured and played hundreds of shows across the country as the singer and guitarist for the roots rock band Oneside.
He is also a licensed Music Together® instructor, and these days most enjoys jamming with his daughter, Lila.
Chloe Hepburn is our AmeriCorps fellow. Chloe is a recent graduate from the University of Maine at Orono where she studied Business Management with a minor in Spanish. She is originally from Eliot, Maine, but has been living in Portland for the past year where she has worked in the service industry.
She had the opportunity to study abroad in Bilbao, Spain during her time at the University of Maine. After seeing the community-centric lifestyle of Spain, Chloe knew that she wanted to become more involved in community building and nonprofit work.
She is excited to gain skills working for AmeriCorps while serving the Westbrook community this year. Chloe focused on creating art programming, as well as connecting the community to the river and outdoor recreation opportunities downtown.
Melissa Hutchins served as our Graduate Assistant from the University of Maine. Melissa has been instrumental in social media promotion, newsletters, and promotional design. Her knack for organization and creativity has been a fabulous asset to the organization.
Melissa has recently graduated with a master’s degree from the Muskie School of Public Service. We wish her well in all her endeavors!