Sean Findlen

Fort Fairfield High School, 1995
Bates College, 1999
Suffolk University Law School, 2009
Current town: Lewiston

“Persevering through adversity can help one gain clarity of purpose, learn to be truly adaptable, and find value in every circumstance.”

Sean credits the Mitchell Institute with instilling in him a deep and enduring sense of gratitude. This has led him to focus his energy and efforts on supporting fellow Mainers in the collective project of moving our home state forward. He has worked in communications and public relations positions over the past 20 years, starting in the Office of the Governor, spending time in healthcare, leading a global PR agency team in Boston, and now in higher education back home in Maine.

How do you describe your role, what parts of it do you like most, and why do you do what you do?
As Chief Communications Officer at Bates College, I lead the development and execution of the college’s integrated marketing, communications, and brand strategies. My team works closely with faculty, staff, students, and alumni to capture the richness of the Bates experience so that we can take the college’s story to audiences around the world. The opportunity to do this work at my alma mater is a truly special experience. The common thread throughout my career was an ability to find and tell the right story at the right time to the right audience. I want to tell stories that influence behavior and actual outcomes. When done well, communications can be the most powerful element of any organization, cause, or business.

How are you having an impact on your community, through leadership roles or otherwise?
While my work keeps me close to the Bates campus, I greatly enjoy opportunities to mentor students and young professionals as they chart their paths forward. I am also honored to serve on the board of the Great Schools Partnership, a nonprofit doing exceptional work here in Maine and across the country to redesign public education and improve learning opportunities for all students.