A dedicated staff at your service.

Hilary Bassett, Executive Director
Hilary has served as chief administrator and advocate for Greater Portland Landmarks since September 2000. Prior to joining Landmarks, she helped raise $1.3 million to restore the Portland Observatory, served on the development staff at Bowdoin College, and was as an art museum administrator in Michigan and Indiana. Her passion for architecture, now focused on Portland, began in her home town of Louisville, KY, which has wonderful 19th century buildings and Olmsted-designed parks. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University.

hbassett@portlandlandmarks.org  /  (207) 774-5561 ext. 101

Lorena Coffin, Development Assistant
Lorena joined Landmarks in September 2016, and brings diverse nonprofit experience to the organization.  A Maine native, she grew up in an 1870s Italianate home in Bath where her interest in architecture and historic preservation were first formed.  Prior to joining Landmarks, she worked with New England art museums in exhibition and publication development, spent four years as the development coordinator at the historic Patten Free Library, assisted Maine Preservation with fundraising events, and most recently completed a long-term appointment with Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. guiding the nonprofit through strategic planning and with major maintenance and restoration projects of its historic Winter Street Center.  Lorena has a bachelor of arts in historic preservation and art history from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) in Fredericksburg, Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine. lcoffin@portlandlandmarks.org  /  (207) 774-5561 ext. 108

Julie Larry, Director of Advocacy
Julie Ann Larry joined the staff on 1 October as the Director of Advocacy. Prior to joining Landmarks, Julie was a partner for eighteen years at ttl-architects, an architecture and preservation firm in Portland. While at ttl-architects she oversaw the restoration of the Portland Observatory, the Castle-in-the-Park at Deering Oaks, and numerous other preservation projects in New England. A Maine native, she was drawn to the preservation field as an extension of her support for environmental conservation. Julie has been involved with Greater Portland Landmarks since 1996 as a docent, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Public Issues Committee.

jlarry@portlandlandmarks.org  /  (207) 774-5561 ext. 102

Kate Lewis, Director of Development

Kate White Lewis joined Greater Portland Landmarks in March, 2012 as the organization’s first full-time Director of Development, and helped to lead the 50th Anniversary celebrations through 2014. After an 18-month break, she returned in August, 2016, and leads the organization’s comprehensive fundraising programs and activities.

Kate entered into the fundraising field as an organizer for environmental and public interest campaigns. Since then, she has directed major gifts and capital campaigns for 16 years for multiple environmental and community-based non-profits throughout New England as a consultant and as a development director.

Kate is a Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northern New England Chapter. She is Vice President of the South Portland Land Trust, and recently served as a Vestry member at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland, ME . Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, French, and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. She lives with her family in a very old house in South Portland. 

klewis@portlandlandmarks.org  /  (207) 774-5561 ext. 105

Chloe Martin,
Office and Communications Coordinator

Chloe Martin joined the Landmarks staff in the spring of 2016. After spending years managing bakeries and cafes she decided to apply her skills to her love of history. Her culinary career began in Jamaica Plain, MA, where Chloe led the kitchen at Ula Café. In addition to baking popovers, pies, and cakes she wrote recipes, trained staff, taught classes, and created social media accounts.  Finally, in 2014 she moved to Maine to develop her ice cream making skills.  She first learned about Greater Portland Landmarks during the Portland’s History Docents class where she was inspired to switch gears and pursue her passion for preserving history and community.  After completing the course she worked for visitor services at the Museums of Old York.  Chloe holds a degree in Philosophy and History from Mount Holyoke College. 

cmartin@portlandlandmarks.org  /  (207) 774-5561 ext. 103


Alessa Wylie,
Manager of Education Programs

Alessa Wylie joined the Greater Portland Landmarks staff in May 2015. A New York State native, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Union College, Schenectady, NY. She served as Director for Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark in Fort Johnson, NY for 14 years before moving back to Maine with her husband in 2014. While in New York she served on the board of historic Green Hill Cemetery in Amsterdam, NY where she created and led walking tours, including popular evening candlelight tours. She was also part of a four person team that researched and produced a book Uncovering The Underground Railroad: Abolitionism and African American Life in Montgomery County, New York 1820-1890. She is excited to be back in Maine and working at the Portland Observatory, the very first historic site she ever volunteered.

awylie@portlandlandmarks.org  /  (207) 774-5561 ext. 104