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Ian Yaffe is the Executive Director of Mano en Mano / Hand in Hand, a non-profit organization that works with immigrants and farmworkers so that they may settle and thrive in Maine. Ian graduated from Bowdoin College in 2009 with a degree in Latin American Studies and Education. During that time, he spent a semester at the University of Havana studying Cuban history and philosophy. At Bowdoin, he founded Food Forward, a student organization that recycles food and educates the community about fighting hunger and its causes, and Taste for Change, a non-profit restaurant that offered advanced volunteer opportunities in the culinary arts, educational events, and financial support for its partners. For his work with Food Forward and other community organizations, Ian was awarded Campus Compact’s National Student Humanitarian Award and Bowdoin’s senior award for leadership and character: the Captain Andrew Haldane Cup. He was also selected to speak at Bowdoin’s 2009 commencement ceremony. Outside of Mano en Mano, Ian is a Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and serves on the Board of Directors of CEI.

About Mano en Mano
In the late 1990s, the small coastal town of Milbridge experienced a rapid influx of Latino immigrant farmworkers who decided to leave the “migrant stream” and settle in Downeast Maine. An estimated 400 Latino and immigrant residents now live, work, and participate in communities across the area. Collectively through spending alone, they contribute approximately $4 million to the local economy each year, supporting close to 60 jobs (2016 Economic Impact Study). Mano en Mano was founded through a combination of grassroots organizing and municipal leadership to create a stronger and more inclusive community by building bridges of understanding, fostering leadership within and beyond the community we serve, and standing for social justice, equity, and self-determination.

Ian’s current contact information can be found on Mano en Mano’s staff directory.