George Campbell, who has served as Mayor of Portland, Maine, and as Commissioner of both the Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Transportation, is a member of WasteZero's Executive Advisory Group. In addition to his public service, Campbell has had a distinguished career in the private sector, where he has led multiple successful public/private partnerships.
During Campbell’s tenure as Mayor of Portland, the city instituted its successful pay-as-you-throw program in 1999. PAYT has led to a dramatic increase in Portland’s recycling rate, from below 7% before the program began to around 37% today.
Campbell currently serves as a Vice President at the Louis Berger Group and as Senior Managing Director at Lexden Capital; in both of these roles, he oversees large public/private partnerships.
Campbell has served as President of the Maine Municipal Association and the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials, and on the boards of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, and the Maine Turnpike Authority. He founded the Corporate Conservation Council of Maine, an organization that provides business expertise and financial support to The Nature Conservancy to protect land, water, and natural communities in Maine.
Campbell earned both a BA and an MA in Public Administration from the University of Maine. He has won numerous awards, including the Neal Allen Award for Public Service from the Portland Chamber of Commerce, the Transportation Leadership Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers New England Section, Person of the Year from the Propeller Club of the United States, and Spurwink Humanitarian of the Year.