Business & Politics in Maine
Aaron Chadbourne is a business consultant specializing in solving complex problems, leadership development/career coaching, business development, strategic communications, economic development, education reform, and real estate. Prior to this role, Aaron Chadbourne served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Maine, Paul R. LePage from 2015-2018, worked as an engagement manager with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and earned with a JD-MBA from Harvard in 2011. Chadbourne is admitted to the Bar in Maine and Massachusetts.
Growing up in Gorham, Maine, Aaron Chadbourne was quick to learn the importance of hard work and dedication. He served as the first-ever student representative to the Town of Gorham School Committee from 2000 to 2002. He credits an experience working at his Greek grandmother’s vegetable stand as teaching him basic business principles such as customer service, pricing, and inventory management. “As soon as I could talk, I was put to work in my grandmother’s business – selling vegetables at a roadside picnic table piled high with corn.” He would not only apply these early childhood lessons to the family business but towards his education. After graduating from Gorham High School, Aaron went on to become a student at the prestigious Harvard University. The early exposure to business and hard work as an adolescent prepared Chadbourne for a long tenure at Harvard.
Throughout his undergraduate studies at Harvard, Aaron Chadbourne became increasingly interested in an education that combined both business and law. This interest prompted him to apply for both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. Aaron graduated with an AB from Harvard College in 2006 (a classmate of Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg) and completed the joint degree program at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School to earn a JD-MBA in 2011. He has worked for or held meaningful internships at the following companies/organizations: Demetria’s Team – The Real Estate Group (Gorham, ME), Let’s Go: Greece! (Cambridge, MA / Greece), The Corporate Executive Board (Washington, D.C.), W. R. Berkley Corporation – parent company of Acadia Insurance in Portland, ME (Greenwich, CT), The Housing Partnership Network (Boston, MA), Bain & Company (Atlanta, GA), Unum (Portland, ME), McKinsey & Company (Washington, D.C.), Tom Cotton for U.S. Senate (Arkansas).
Chadbourne also emphasizes the influence of international study, recognizing the need to be open-minded and adaptable to cultures that are different than one’s own. This exchange inherently influences economics and politics.
During his time working for Maine Governor Paul R. LePage’s administration as a senior policy advisor, Aaron advised the governor and implemented policy on some of Maine’s most challenging problems ranging from tax reform to education funding to economic development. The LePage administration is responsible for the largest tax cut in Maine’s history. This historic tax cut has allowed low-income workers to pocket more money directly out of their hard-earned paychecks. In addition to this project, the LePage administration has worked hard to fix Maine’s pension system, reform welfare programs, reduce regulations on businesses, and increase government transparency.
In his role as a senior policy advisor, Aaron Chadbourne advised Governor LePage and the executive branch of the State of Maine government on issues including but not limited to, education, taxation, veteran affairs, emergency management, defense, and government operations – leveraging many best practices from Aaron’s work in the private sector. Aaron Chadbourne works closely with legislators and constituents to advance the interests of Maine people and promote efficient, effective and accountable state government.
According to the Bangor Daily News story on the day Aaron stepped down, “At times during his three-year tenure, Chadbourne, a Gorham native and Harvard Law School graduate, seemed ubiquitous at the State House as LePage’s representative in committee deliberations and when it came to lobbying votes. Chadbourne said Thursday that working for LePage was the “opportunity of a lifetime,” that he always planned to leave at the end of the legislative session and that he is contemplating a run for public office — possibly in his hometown — and that he will be working for a family real estate business and consulting on education reform issues.”
Aaron is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network, active with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation where he was a founding member and former chair of the Alumni Advisory Board. In 2018, he was selected by the Chair of the Maine Republican Party to serve on the Platform Committee for the 2018 Convention. In addition, Aaron was banned from attending the 2018 Maine Democrat Party Convention for reasons that have yet to be explained.
Aaron is passionate about human capital strategy, economic development in rural Maine, and bringing out the best in others.