Vice President, External and Government Affairs at The Jackson Laboratory
Ballesteros joined The Jackson Laboratory in 2005 as a senior development officer, responsible for planning, organizing and implementing individual and corporate philanthropy activities in Maine, Florida, and California. In 2011, she was promoted to director of government affairs, where she helped grow the government relations program. Prior to JAX, Ballesteros held an executive position at Bangor Hydro-Electric Company. An active participant in the state’s business community and a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Xi Class, Ballesteros is a member of the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Board. In September 2018, Governor LePage, Senate President Thibodeau and House Speaker Sarah Gideon, reappointed Ballesteros to a second three-year term on the Maine Economic Growth Council. Ms. Ballesteros was recently appointed to the Maine Workforce Investment Board and is a member of the Machias Savings Bank Board. She earned her bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Husson College, graduating summa cum laude, and was elected to Lambda Epsilon Chi. Ballesteros holds an associate’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Maine, Farmington.