About Anne B. Gass
I call myself a first generation non-Mainer. My Mom was born in Portland and came from several generations of Mainers, and we have a family camp that my great-grandparents built over 100 years ago. I was born in Canada (that's where my Dad's job was at the time) and lived several other places before moving to Maine in 1988 and going to work for the Cumberland County Affordable Housing Venture. In 1990 I founded the Maine Building Materials Exchange to supply good quality new and re-used building materials to low-income homeowners so they could maintain and improve their homes. I'm proud to say that 25 years later the BME is still around, helping out low-income homeowners and recycling a lot of materials that would otherwise go to landfills or incinerators.
I moved on to the Maine State Housing Authority (aka MaineHousing) and helped create a secondary market for home improvement loans, which required training nonprofits to be lenders and capitalizing their revolving loan funds. I also served as Maine's first administrator for the federal HOME program.
I started ABG Consulting in 1993 to help strengthen the capacity of nonprofits and local and state government agencies to serve people in need. I've written over $150 million in successful federal grants for clients in Maine and nationally, but I also do research, business planning, facilitation, and other special projects. My clients help people who are homeless, are refugees, have a mental illness, or are first-time homebuyers, and other services. I love my job and feel fortunate to be able to work with so many caring, smart, and dedicated professionals.
My husband and I are lucky enough to own our house, which we bought in the last century (1988.) For years we did a lot of work on it ourselves because that was the only way we could afford improvements. Now we prefer (and fortunately are able) to pay people who know what they're doing to do it right the first time. It's not your typical house but it's been a great place to live.