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 John Ochira, Maine Community Foundation Program Officer


ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND – The Maine Community Foundation has announced the appointment of John Ochira as program officer. Ochira will manage MaineCF’s Androscoggin and Cumberland county committees and grant programs that serve Greater Portland.

Prior to coming to MaineCF, Ochira was a disability benefit specialist at Unum. He is president of the South Sudanese Community Association of Maine and founder and director of the Community Champions League, an immigrant-led soccer program for low-income players in Greater Portland. He served as vice president of the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition Board from 2017 to 2019. Ochira earned a BA in business economics from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2014. He lives in Westbrook.

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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