I grew up in Auburn, Maine and as part of one of just a few Jewish families in town was always curious about personal identity, the myriad cultures we inhabit, and the ways that we think about and treat people who we perceive to be different than ourselves.
As a psychology major in college, I was fascinated by legal psychology and ultimately devoted my senior thesis to exploring the malleability of eyewitness testimony. I attended law school in Boston and, after several years of practicing employment law, I transitioned to a career in civil rights and Human Resources work, where I found that my collaborative and people-centric personality is best utilized.
My past employment includes:
practicing employment law at law firms in Boston and Burlington, Vermont,
serving as the Assistant Director of Civil Rights for the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League,
acting as an HR Business Partner at Maine Medical Center, and
spearheading diversity and inclusion work for the staff of the City of Portland, Maine.
As a licensed Professional Investigator (PI), I'm also a seasoned investigator of allegations of harassment and discrimination and discreetly and efficiently conduct workplace investigations in challenging employment situations.
In the summer of 2020, I launched Mandy Levine Consulting to dedicate my career to helping employers embed diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the fabric of their organizations. I feel grateful everyday to partner with organizations large and small, public and private, to navigate these critical conversations with their staff about personal identity, bias, and prejudice. My goal is to provide practical guidance on creating a more respectful, inclusive work environments where individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences feel authentically valued, welcome, and heard.
The way that we experience the world is rooted in our perceptions and it is a gift for me to work with individuals and organizations to explore and perhaps rethink deep-seated assumptions often rooted in narratives that we've inherited or "the way it's always been done." I strive to facilitate these conversations in a positive, approachable, and practical way.
I am grateful to have received the following honors and roles:
The 2021-2022 co-chair of the Diversity Hiring Coalition of Maine,
The 2019 recipient of the Holocaust and Human Right Center of Maine's Distinguished Service Award,
The 2020 recipient of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine's Aronson Young Leadership Award
One of ten 2022 honorees of Greenlight Maine's Elevating Voices, a documentary style television show that celebrating entrepreneurs in Maine from diverse backgrounds contributing to the fabric of Maine's communities. You can watch the episode at the video above or on YouTube, and
A Corporator of Bangor Bancorp, MHC, the holding company of Bangor Savings Bank.
I live outside of Portland, Maine with my partner Mark, two kids, two stepkids, and two cats (one of whom believes she's a dog). In my free time, I enjoy reading (especially mystery novels), cooking everything I can in my air fryer, and taking walks in my beautiful small Maine town.