12 December 2022

Courtney Crossgrove and Mikayla Sweet
Join the FocusMaine Team

We are delighted to announce that our small but mighty team has grown. Join us in welcoming Courtney Crossgrove as FocusMaine’s Food and Agriculture Program Manager and Mikayla Sweet as our Grants and Finance Manager. The added talent that Courtney and Mikayla bring will boost our internal capacity and improve our overall effectiveness as an organization. Our team of five is poised for a big year in  2023.

Courtney comes to FocusMaine following a year as a Resilience Corps fellow working on various community-based sustainability and climate resilience programs in the greater Portland region, including a craft beverage technical assistance and recognition program. Previously, she worked at USAID on supply chain sustainability and track and traceability.

Diverse experiences in nutrition education, food service management, food security policy, supply chain sustainability, humanitarian assistance, food waste programs, and producer technical assistance have helped her cultivate a holistic approach to food systems work. Programs, processes, and relationships have been central to her career.

Courtney earned an MS in Sustainability Science with a focus on Food and Agriculture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Haven.

Mikayla has over eight years of experience in full lifecycle grants management for both grant-seeking organizations and a grant-making foundation, as well as five years of experience in nonprofit program and operations management.

Most recently, Mikayla served as a Grants and Contracts Administrator for the University of Virginia, managing an ever-changing $50+ million post-award research portfolio. In this role, she oversaw each project from start to completion ensuring contract to scope, schedule, and budget while training other post-award managers on policy, procedural, and system updates, maintaining compliance and audit excellence, and analyzing complex financial data to ensure project success.

Prior to joining UVA, Mikayla worked in Dublin, Ireland developing operations and staff for a healthcare organization’s new fundraising initiative and in Washington, DC overseeing the grants department for an education organization and managing the grant-making cycle and database for a civil legal aid organization.

She holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Appalachian State University.

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