New Leadership at WindowDressers
For Immediate Release – June 15, 2022
New Leadership at WindowDressers
Insulating window insert nonprofit names new Executive Director
Jack Sumberg, Incoming Board President
PO Box 1135, Rockland ME 04841
Nonprofit WindowDressers is pleased to announce that WindowDressers Program Manager Jessica Williams has accepted the position of Executive Director. She will be replacing Laura Seaton, who is leaving her post after a very successful four year run. WindowDressers brings community volunteers of all economic and social situations together to improve the warmth and comfort of homes, lower heating costs, and reduce carbon dioxide pollution by producing low-cost insulating window inserts that function as custom, interior-mounted storm windows. The inserts are built at local, volunteer-run popup events called Community Builds.
For the past 10 years, Jessica Williams has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service within her own community of South Portland, Maine taking on leadership roles to advance projects that have strengthened community resilience and sustainability. She chaired the Energy and Recycling Committee, worked as a consultant to the Sustainability Office, and initiated a WindowDressers’ Community Build in South Portland, serving as Local Coordinator from 2018 to 2021. After accepting a position as a Program Manager for WindowDressers in 2021, she shepherded 16 local teams in Vermont and New Hampshire through the entire process of planning, coordinating, and running their Community Builds. First a volunteer and then an employee of WindowDressers, Williams is in a unique position to lead the not-for-profit company as it supports the growing number of window insert volunteers across Northern New England.
Laura Seaton guided the organization for four years with remarkable skill through a period of rapid growth and expansion. She served first as the Director of Community Builds and Business Development and then for three years as the organization’s first Executive Director. She oversaw the relocation and redesign of the production facility and skillfully shepherded the company through the Covid pandemic, which forced a year of closure followed by a successful resumption of its operations in 2021. As she leaves, Seaton hands over a vibrant organization in sound financial shape with an enlarged staff and a growing presence in other New England states.
I couldn’t be more grateful to both Laura and Jessica. I became WindowDressers Board President the same year Laura became our first Executive Director. No one could have asked for a finer person to work with. Laura guided our organization with tremendous skill and hard work. I want to wish Jessica the very best as she takes over from Laura. We were so lucky to hire her as part of our team a couple of years ago. She has done an outstanding job for us as Program Manager for Vermont and NH. On behalf of the whole Board, which voted unanimously to appoint her, I want to congratulate Jessica and wish her the best as our new Executive Director!
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Jack Sumberg as our new Board President. Jack assumes the office on July 1st. My decade long involvement with WindowDressers will continue, as I am serving as Local Co-Coordinator of the Brunswick Community Build.
Outgoing Board President