The Initiative is guided by three committees - the Coalition, the Steering Committee, and the Executive Committee - as well as several workgroups that focus on specific topics.
The Coalition brings together people and organizations interested in the resources of the Maine Coast. Over 70 organizations participated in planning and developing the MCPI Strategic Framework. These organizations, and others, are encouraged to become Supporting Organizations. Participants in the Coalition are also welcome to join workgroups for areas of special interest.
The Steering Committee is a subset of the Coalition and represents the diverse interests of the Coalition. Steering Committee members direct the project, are empowered with decision-making authority and are responsible for seeking the advice and counsel of the Coalition in order to effectively guide the project over time.
The Executive Committee is an administrative entity contributing staff time and is responsible for advancing the project between Steering Committee and Coalition meetings. Executive Committee members represent the principal project sponsors:
- Maine State Planning Office
- Maine Coast Heritage Trust
- NOAA Coastal Services Center
- Land Trust Alliance
Workgroups are responsible for implementing many of the strategies identified in the Strategic Conservation Framework. Each workgroup has a specific focus and includes Steering Committee members as well as participants from the Coalition. Membership in workgroups is open to any interested participant.