Maine Justice Foundation's Staff

Michelle Giard Draeger, Executive Director

Michelle is responsible for overall management of MJF in order to maximize resources that support access to civil justice, including legal aid, pro bono legal services, and related law education.

Michelle Giard Draeger became the fifth Executive Director of the Foundation in May, 2020. A native of Maine, Ms. Draeger graduated from the University of Maine, School of Law. She began her legal career as a staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Services, focusing on cases involving domestic violence.  Ms. Draeger then entered private practice at a litigation firm in Portland before moving to Washington, DC to join the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement where she worked for two years and then in the Commission’s Boston office for six years as a Senior Enforcement Counsel.  Upon Ms. Draeger's return to Maine with her family, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maine and later as an in-house counsel and compliance professional for a large healthcare entity.

Ms. Draeger has served on the Board of Trustees of the Falmouth Land Trust and has also served as Vice President and Chair of the Development Committee. Ms. Draeger was a member of the inaugural class of the New Girls Network and later served on the boards of the Maine Women’s Fund and the Maine Humanities Council.

Ms. Draeger is delighted to live, work and raise her two daughters in her native state of Maine with her husband, Scot and their best pal, Maple, their Vizsla.

Linsey MacDougall, Director of Development & Operations

Linsey serves critical fundraising and operations functions for the Maine Justice Foundation as Director of Development & Operations.

Linsey has 20 years of experience in marketing and development, corporate partnerships, and operations in both non-profit and corporate environments. Linsey earned her BA from Franklin Pierce University and an MS from Boston University.

Linsey serves on the Board of Directors for the Maine Sports Commission and is a member of the Maine Girls and Women in Sports Committee and is a regular volunteer with a food security focused non-profit that serves disadvantaged families in Maine.

Linsey lives in Portland with her husband, and their three rescue cats. In her spare time, she can be found tending to a large vegetable garden as well as exploring new Maine hiking trails with her family.

Sherri Minoty, Administrative and Development Assistant

Sherri provides administrative support to the Foundation and its development efforts. She is responsible for maintaining Maine’s Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program database. She also serves as MJF’s receptionist.

Sherri is responsible for gift processing for the annual Campaign for Justice and maintains its donor database. She also provides administrative support to the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2001, her background included working many years in the field of Customer Relations. She is married with two children and enjoys photography, camping, and traveling.