About Us

Eliot-CutlerEliot Cutler is the Chief Executive Officer, in charge of planning and building a new enterprise that will expand and realign traditional programs in the University of Maine System to create a model for entrepreneurial, multi-disciplinary graduate business and legal programs and to help drive statewide economic development.

Eliot has earned a reputation as a visionary strategist and leader, a passionate and effective advocate and a collaborative and pragmatic problem-solver. As a public servant, Cutler helped craft America’s foundational environmental laws and managed the policies and budgets of federal energy, natural resources, science and environmental agencies.

He has been a successful entrepreneur, investor and business leader, and later in his career was twice an independent candidate for governor of Maine. As a lawyer and strategist for governments, business corporations and citizen groups, Eliot helped clients grapple with legal and public policy problems during a career in three law firms and two countries that spanned more than 35 years.

Eliot is a graduate of Deerfield Academy (1964), Harvard College (1968, cum laude) and the law school of Georgetown University (1974). He is 70 and has been married for 43 years to Melanie Stewart Cutler, M.D. The Cutlers live in Cape Elizabeth and have two adult children.

For his complete biography, please see Eliot Cutler.

is the Executive Assistant to Eliot Cutler. Jen is managing the administration of the Center office and serves as a liaison to other departments in the University of Maine system, the graduate and professional schools, the philanthropic community and the public.

Jen is a service oriented professional with 17 years of experience in event planning, research, community outreach and fundraising. She comes to the Center after a decade in the Advancement Office at Kents Hill School.

Jen is currently working to complete her degree at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in York Beach, and has two adult sons.



Bob Martin is developing an expanded experiential learning plan for the Center built upon relationships with Maine’s business, legal, and public service communities. Included will be an incubator/accelerator, which will be integrated with the Center’s programs and curricula and will work closely with the University’s commercialization efforts.

Bob is the Managing Partner of Strategic Equity Partners LLC, a consultancy known as a strategy apothecary, providing unique solutions for firms determined to grow. A recognized thought leader in the world of innovation, Bob became widely known throughout the state as the former President of the Maine Technology Institute. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, and he has been a member of the Advisory Boards for USM Business and Engineering programs.

Bob’s experience includes senior leadership roles at The Washington Post, The Hartford Courant, and Dai Nippon Ink & Chemicals. He completed his undergraduate studies at The George Washington University and earned his MBA at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife Barbara live in Brunswick. In his free time, Bob is a writer, and is currently completing a novel.