October 5, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 207-621-5009
AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor is pleased to announce the hiring of Laura Hudson as the Director of Communications. She is replacing Julie Rabinowitz, who is now Press Secretary for Governor Paul LePage.
Hudson comes with over 30 years in marketing, public relations, business management and economic development experience, most recently as the Chief Experience Officer at Kennebec Savings Bank. She graduated from Thomas College where she majored in Marketing Management, continuing there to then also earn her Master’s in Business Administration, summa cum laude.
During her 12-year career at the bank, Hudson was responsible for managing communications and outreach for its three stakeholder groups; its customers, its community and its employees. Prior to the bank, Hudson worked in the public sector, at the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. With a strong commitment to community service, she is a past appointee to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism. Currently, Hudson is chairing the United Way of Mid-Maine campaign.
“We are excited to have Laura at the Department,” said Commissioner John Butera. “She is well-connected and well-regarded in her field, and her energy, business background, coupled with her prior experience in economic and community development, will bring a lot to the Department.”
Hudson was equally excited about the opportunity. “I am looking forward to being a part of a Department that touches Maine’s businesses and its workforce,” she said. “Amazing things are happening in our state and it is an honor to be a part of it.”
Hudson started her new position September 6, 2017. The Department of Labor administers Maine’s unemployment insurance system, helps ensure the safety of employees and provides workforce development leadership and vocational rehabilitation services throughout the state. The department focuses on connecting Mainers to jobs and helping businesses create jobs through strengthening our workforce development system, improving outreach to businesses and clarifying employment regulations.