Andrea Cianchette Maker
Andrea Maker provides governmental relations services in Maine and in Washington, DC with Maine's Congressional delegation. Her practice includes lobbying, government contracts, and strategic positioning of organizations. Her advocacy focus areas include economic development, workforce development, health care and real estate.
Andrea maintains strong relationships with Maine’s legislative leaders, Governors and cabinet members. She is well connected across the State and has personal relationships with countless other policy makers, business people, and association leaders that she has developed over her lifetime in Maine.
In the legislative arena, Andrea’s broad contacts, deep knowledge of the legislative process and ability to build effective coalitions and stakeholder relations position her clients for success. Some of Andrea's more recent successes are highlighted below in the Government Relations experiences listed under Practice Areas. Her sensible and proactive approach is refreshing and empowering in the complex and sometimes perplexing public policy arena. Committed to creating a vibrant state of Maine, Andrea enjoys working with clients and volunteering with civic organizations to strengthen Maine's economy.
She and her husband, Scott, hope that their four children always feel they have an opportunity to live and work in Maine.
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Government Relations since 2013, and named "Lawyer of the Year" in Augusta, Maine for Government Relations in 2015
- Recipient of the 2016 Maine Real Estate and Development Association Public Policy Award
- Received the 2014 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: Government Contracts Attorney of the Year in Maine
- Awarded the Crystal Heart Award by the American Heart Association, Maine Chapter in 2017
- Named one of four "Women to Watch" by Mainebiz in 2016
- Recognized in Maine magazine's 2016 "50 Mainers" issue
- Member, Commission on the Future of Maine, 1989
- Member, Commission on the Future of Maine's Paper Industry, 1995
- Graduate, Maine Development Foundation Leadership Maine PHI class, 2014
- Co-founder and Co-chair, FocusMaine, 2014 – present
- Board Member, Maine Community Foundation, 2009 – 2011
- Board Member, Susan L. Curtis Foundation, 2003 – 2010
- Founding Board Member, Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, 1990 – 1995
Enacting legislation is a multifacted effort and no one lobbyist can claim full credit for passing a new law. Having said that, Andrea has served as the lead lobbyist and driver to pass new laws, including laws to:
- Enact a tax credit to encourage corporations to expand their headquarters in Maine;
- Enact a cap on a government assessment on purchases of natural gas to provide parity for a central Maine business with other industry sectors;
- Enact legislation to grandfather existing storm water infrastructure when expanding a development with new storm water treatment;
- Enact legislation to exempt minor modifications to developments operating under a site location of development permit;
- Enact legislation to clarify when a municipal land use decision is ripe for judicial appeal;
- Enact legislation to protect privacy for students doing school work and communicating on computers;
- Enact legislation establishing a Computer Science Education Task Force to outline the compelling reasons for and steps to creating a kindergarten to grade 12 computer science education for Maine’s students; and
- Enact legislation to require certain immunizations to protect the public health of Maine school children.
Additionally, Andrea uses her talents to help grow Maine’s economy.
- In 2015, she co-founded FocusMaine, a private sector-led initiative serving to catalyze the accelerated job growth in a few industry sectors that have high potential for accelerated job growth. Andrea co-chairs the Leadership Team of FocusMaine, which is comprised of some of Maine’s leading job creators, and which confers with some of Maine’s leading economists, academic leaders and business association leaders, as well as sector experts. FocusMaine is partnering with numerous organizations to execute a strategy designed to create 20,000 – 40,000 Maine jobs in ten years.
- In 2014, she convened several working groups and facilitated the startup phase of Project>Login, a public-private partnership with a goal to double the number of computer science graduates from Maine’s university system in four years. Signature programs include paid summer internships with Maine employers and campus networking events for employers, students and faculty to excite and retain future employees. Maine was designated a TechHire site by the White House, in part due to the results of Project>Login.