2021 Broadband Caucus Profiles: Representative Melanie Sachs (D - Freeport/Pownal)
Melanie Sachs has attended 4 out of the 5 sessions of the 2021 Broadband Caucus. Check out the video below to hear why she is prioritizing better broadband in Maine!
MELANIE SACHS: Hi everyone, my name is Melanie Sachs and I'm honored to represent House District 48 which includes Freeport and part of Pownal. I joined the bipartisan Maine Broadband Caucus because broadband is more than just about connecting to a service. It's about forming those fundamental community connections.
Think about it, we need reliable, accessible, affordable, universal broadband in order to connect our students to their learning opportunities, our patients to our doctors, our employees to their work, patrons to the performing arts, and our citizens to meetings such as town council meetings or even to the legislature to participate in public hearings without having to drive miles away. Investing in this key infrastructure like we invest in roads and sidewalks and other public spaces is critical to enhance so many areas of life here in Maine.
I will work toward universal broadband in Maine because I am committed to strengthening both communities and our connections.
Bio from Maine State Democrats:
Rep. Melanie Sachs is serving her first term in the Maine House of Representatives.
Rep. Sachs grew up in New Sharon and graduated from Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. The first in her family to graduate from college, she received her B.A. in political science at Bates College in Lewiston and her Master’s degree in Science and Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Sachs is currently enrolled in a post-graduate MBA program for Business Data Analytics at the University of New Hampshire.
Sachs has been a licensed clinical social worker for more than 25 years, with a focus on health and mental health care. As Executive Director, Sachs led Freeport Community Services for many years, providing direct services to Freeport and Pownal residents. She also served as Executive Director of Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, working with those affected by violence across York and Cumberland Counties.
At the local level, Sachs served six years on the Freeport Town Council. During her time on the council, she was elected twice to serve as Chair and once to serve as Vice-Chair. In the summer of 2019, Sachs chaired the Freeport Working Group to Welcome New Mainers.
Sachs has been deeply involved in the classrooms and programs of our schools, volunteering and coaching students from every town in the school district. She has been committed to directly working with many community organizations, including the Freeport Rotary, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Freeport, Freeport Players and Freeport Family Performing Arts.
Sachs lives in Freeport with her husband, Andrew. They have two children.