Portland Global Shapers Hub

The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum, a nonprofit foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation while remaining independent and not tied to special interests.  The World Economic Forum purposefully engages young leaders to build solutions that shape the future.

The Portland Global Shapers Hub aims to cultivate an inclusive, sustainable, and resilient city whose residents are invested in the welfare of Portland.

The Hub will change the accepted narratives of everyday issues, invite all of Portland’s residents to participate in public processes, and improve transparency and permeability between decision makers and community stakeholders. We believe that to activate change we must foster a culture of empathy and practice action orientated strategies. The Hub will support efforts that share its guiding principles to be inclusive, change accepted narratives, and redefine community engagement; as we seek not to duplicate existing efforts but rather amplify what is already working. Our Hub will undertake projects that are desirable, viable, and feasible.

Treehouse Institute founder, Adam Burk, was asked by the World Economic Forum to be the founding curator of the Portland, Maine Global Shaper Hub in June, 2015.   Through an application process, 20 people were selected to be founding members of the hub through June 2016. They were responsible for building the hub’s policies, culture, and a few pilot projects. For the hub’s second year, 10 founding members will continue on, and 5 new members will be recruited.

Current hub projects include: Portland Participates, Portland Comments, Resilient Portland, Maine Girls Innovate, and Hi Neighbor.

Watch our short video below to learn more, learn about our recent trip to Geneva, or read more in the Portland Press Herald.

New members will commit to engagement in the Hub through June 2017. Participation will include two evening meetings per month, engagement in at least one hub project, fundraising and business model development.  Shapers will be people who embrace ambiguity; are excited to create; are willing to step back and listen, as well as jump in to get started; are accountable to the Hub and our larger community; and like to have fun.

Joining the Hub has several benefits:

  • Work with local leaders and a diverse group of peers to solve challenging issues facing Portland and Maine
  • Connect and collaborate with 5,000+ Global Shapers in 170+ countries
  • Connect and collaborate with 900+ Young Global Leaders
  • Opportunity to participate in World Economic Forum events including Davos, regional Forum meetings, Global Agenda Councils, and Global Shaper Meetings.

Applications for new members will be open November 28 to December 4, 2016.


Meet the Founding Members of Portland Global Shaper Hub

Portraits courtesy of Nathan Eldridge

Muna Adan

Hub Communications Director


University of Southern Maine

Muna Adan is an 18-year-old student who recently graduated from Deering High School. She attends the University of Southern Maine, where she majors in Communication.

In the midst of virtually four years of adversity, Muna began to convey her emotions through poetry. After finding herself and overcoming the difficult times, poetry became a great part of her life.

Growing up as a black Muslim woman, Muna dealt with many forms of discrimination. Instead of enabling the abhorrence of others to consume her, she decided to become a voice for change—a leader. By the end of her junior year of high school, Muna began to perform at numerous events; she utilized her love for poetry, writing, and public speaking to advocate for social justice.

Muna’s faith in the integrity of humanity encourages her not to abandon the change that she desires to implement.

Alyssa Bouthot

Hub Vice Curator

Broker, The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty

Operations Manager, Swan Hospitality Group

Alyssa has roots in Saco, where she graduated from Thornton Academy before attending Connecticut College to take advantage of a liberal arts study while pursuing a degree in Secondary Music Education. After graduating and returning to Maine she found it difficult to find a teaching job, so her career quickly moved toward business and hospitality while working with her mentor Kim Swan. She is currently a broker with The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty, focusing on both Greater Portland residential transactions and statewide Inn/B&B commercial brokerage. In addition to her work in real estate, Alyssa serves as Operations Manager for the Swan Hospitality Group, overseeing boutique hotels in Portland, Rockland, and Manchester, allowing her to spend time traveling all over the beautiful state of Maine. She balances her weeks out with a good dose of yoga, reading, and time with friends and family.

Nathan Davis

Hub Treasurer

Business Account Manager


I grew up in Portland, ME (Casco Bay High School Class of 2010) and am a 2014 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, where I majored in Politics and minored in Chinese Language & Culture.

Currently, I work as a consultant at Wayfair in Brunswick, Maine. My personal passions are playing rugby, manning the smoker to make BBQ for family and friends and enjoying all that Portland has to offer. At Casco Bay High School I learned that perseverance, teamwork and laughter can change the world. As Global Shapers we are working together to be and embody the change we want to see (and smiling while we do it).

Sean Douglas


Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

Sean grew up in Schenectady, NY and attended college at SUNY Geneseo where he double majored in International Relations and Spanish. After graduating he moved to Spain for two years to teach English, spending one year in La Rioja and another in the Basque Country. As a teacher Sean taught primary, secondary, and adult English classes. Upon returning, he worked as an Immigration Services Intern with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Albany, NY.

In June, 2014 Sean moved to Portland, Maine to begin work at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. As a paralegal he supports staff attorneys with their full representation cases, assists with new client intake, and provides Spanish interpretation and translation. He works with various clients including domestic violence victims, asylum seekers, and unaccompanied minors. When not working, Sean enjoys running, reading, cooking delicious things, and spending time with his friends.

Chanel Lewis

Student Success Advisor + Adjunct Faculty

Southern Maine Community College

Chanel has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Arts in African American Studies. After struggling her first year of undergraduate studies and receiving a 1.88 GPA, Chanel went on to graduate from Howard University with a 3.48 GPA, and a year later from Boston University with a 3.76 GPA. This personal experience speaks to Chanel’s passion for education; specifically students and their success, support, and preparation for the future.

Chanel also loves being a part of a community. Having completed 13 weeks with the United Way of Greater Portland in November 2014, she has a better understanding of her local community, its needs, and how members and residents of the Greater Portland community are coming together to find solutions.

Chanel enjoys the challenges of learning and growing, and welcomes the opportunity to work with and become a part of a community.

Olivier Manirankunda


Burundi 3.0

Olivier has a B.S. in Economics and is interested in entrepreneurship and social inclusion. He worked for private sector in Burundi. His focus here in Maine is to study and help African community here integrate more through opportunities.

Meg McCormick

Hub Vice Curator

Program Director

Maine Campus Compact

Meg is a social wellness advocate and a builder– she builds spaces for people to connect and grow, and strives to create inclusive programs that instill community strength and resilience. After spending 4 years studying in Vermont and living in the woods, Meg served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Northwest Indian College (NWIC), on the Lummi Reservation in Washington. She was then recruited to develop the Institute of Indigenous Foods and Traditions at NWIC, where she worked on revitalizing native food traditions with 26 tribes in Washington. She moved to Maine in the winter of 2013, and is currently working with over 30 campuses in the New England area, overseeing environmental stewardship programs, civic engagement efforts, and faculty/student professional development as the Program Director at Maine Campus Compact.  Meg has an affinity for silliness, playing in nature, and is amidst several creative writing projects.

Elizabeth Quaglieri

Corporate Communications Manager


Quaglieri earned her BA in Art History and Spanish from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She moved to Pittsburgh to pursue her MA in Arts Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. She then moved to Italy to obtain her MS in Cultural Economics from the School of Economics at the University of Bologna, Italy. Quaglieri worked in DC and Boston before moving to Maine to work for Maine Media Collective in 2014. She is from New Hampshire and summered in Maine throughout her childhood with her parents and three sisters. 

Jana Richards

Public Health Program Coordinator

Opportunity Alliance

I grew up in Dayton, Maine and lived my entire childhood there until I moved into Portland and attended the University of New England in Biddeford as an undergraduate student. There I obtained my bachelor’s of science in Medical Biology, with the intention of becoming a physician. My passions shifted slightly, and I moved into a direction where “helping people” became more about their social and emotional health in a community setting and less about physical health in a clinical setting. After college I worked for a year with the AmeriCorps VISTA program, serving my term in Lewiston working on childhood obesity. After this, I obtained my current position in the Public Health Program at the Opportunity Alliance, working on various public health initiatives. It was in Portland that I met my husband, and we now reside in Standish with our cat.

Tyler Sawyer

Scientist – Associate

IDEXX Laboratories

Born in New Hampshire and raised in Maine, I’m technically not a true ‘Maineiac’, though at heart I am. I grew up in Auburn where I attended Edward Little High School. I continued my education at the University of Southern Maine where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology with emphasis in biotechnology and a minor in biochemistry. My current professional role at IDEXX Laboratories is technical support for the water microbiology division, where we manufacture and maintain quality control for our products. A great video showing exactly what our products do can be found here: https://goo.gl/ZT22j8 (I can be spotted in the video a few times!). I have been employed at IDEXX for four years.

At IDEXX, I am part of a group of young professionals which was established this year. As part of the panel, I help find and present opportunities to create a platform for employees to build relationships, develop professionally, become philanthropically active, while contributing to the growth and success of IDEXX. We have created a pretty solid foundation which we will continue to build up. I have also volunteered with TEDxDirigo for many years and have volunteered for Camp Sunshine and Junior Achievement of Maine as well.

I currently live in Hollis, Maine with my wife to whom I have been married for 3 years. I am excited to be a part of this team and I hope to learn and accomplish a lot over the next year or more!

Applications to be a Portland Global Shaper are currently closed