December 14, 2018
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Lili Pew Joins COA Board

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BAR HARBOR, ME—College of the Atlantic is pleased to announce the addition of Hancock County real estate specialist and cycling enthusiast Lili Pew to its board of trustees.

“Lili brings so much expertise from so many places and all that insight will be tremendously valuable for helping steer College of the Atlantic,” notes Darron Collins, COA president. “I’m also excited to have a world class athlete on the board—keeping pace with her on a road bike will be my own personal challenge, and that’s probably an overly ambitious goal.”

Says Pew, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the College of the Atlantic Board of Trustees. COA and the leadership of President Darren Collins are uniquely positioned to set a new standard of excellence in education and the environment that brings the best of human ecology to our students and alumni, and offers collaborative partnerships in our community. I am honored to bring my non-profit and philanthropic experience to COA, and to be able to learn from such a strong board, staff and student body.

Pew is an associate broker and real estate partner at The Knowles Company of Northeast Harbor. She also serves as a specialty sales consultant to Home Depot. Additionally, Pew serves on the board of Friends of Acadia, and is a past board chair.

Her dedication to environmental conservation and national parks is vast. She serves on the America’s Voice for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation steering committee created in consultation with former United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar following President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors campaign. She also competes in national cycling events, and assists the Downeast Bicycle Cycling and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

An active community member wherever she resides, Pew has served on numerous local and national boards, among them the Down East Family YMCA, Hospice of Hancock County, The Grand Theatre, Harvard College’s visiting committees for both the college and athletics, the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women’s Athletics, the New York Women’s Foundation, and Vassar Brothers Hospital Foundation.

Pew holds a BS in Psychology from Harvard University; she also audited an MS degree in Sports Science and Psychology from Loughborough University in England. Her sports enthusiasm has extended to coaching. At Vassar College she coached men’s and women’s squash; Harvard College, she coached lacrosse. She also served as Director of Philanthropic Services of the Narragansett Group and managed the corporate services and sponsorship program of the US Olympic Committee.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit