blake shepherd


Since September 2023, Blake has served as MIRC’s Special Projects Associate. With personal connections to immigration, he firmly believes in the organization’s work and the potential it has to assist individuals on their journey in the Pine Tree State.  

Blake is proud to have grown up a part of a 75-year-old family business summer camp in Maine’s Sebago Lakes Region. He spends his time outside of the MIRC office assisting with the camp’s mission of benefitting our world by providing positive experiences to youth from across the globe. From his experiences at camp, he’s cultivated an around-the-clock mindset of hard work dedicated to meaningful causes, always happy to assist, however. 

Before MIRC, Blake studied at Bates College majoring in Hispanic Studies and minoring in Education. While in Lewiston, Blake suited up for the Bobcats on both the rugby pitch and lacrosse field and additionally co-founded a small business cooking breakfast sandwiches for the college community during the pandemic. In 2021, Blake studied abroad in Valencia, Spain which broadened his understanding of foreign policy and the impact it has on lived lives. Upon early graduation, he co-taught a course within Bates’ education department titled “Understanding Migration to Maine” in which he co-designed a university-level curriculum analyzing the impact of migratory experiences on our state’s youth.

With a long-term aspiration of serving as governor of Maine, Blake hopes to foster relationships with the many changemakers in our state, dedicate his work to Mainers statewide, and pursue the state’s growth opportunities while protecting its’ strengths. He hopes to utilize his Spanish-speaking abilities in his work and learn Portuguese throughout his time at MIRC.