Brian Langley has a unique combination of experiences that combines nearly three decades in public education as a CTE instructor and administrator, combined with over three decades in the private sector as the owner of a seasonal restaurant with 40 employees.
Brian previously served in the legislature For 10 years, serving on the Education and Cultural Affairs committee for 8 years and served as its chair for 6 years. He served two years on the Taxation Committee, four years on Marine Resources and two years on the Labor Commerce Research and Economic Development Committees. He understands the intersection of the private sector with the business sector and policy making.
After terming out of the legislature he was asked to be the executive director of Bridge Academy Maine. Since its inception, Bridge Academy has helped Maine students earn more than 10,000 college credits at greatly reduced or free tuition. Bridge Academy Maine is a program that facilitates the delivery of early college academics into secondary career and technical schools in Maine via high school teachers. The mission of Bridge Academy is to provide a seamless pathway for students to gain real world technical skills at their local technical centers and enter post-secondary programming prepared for success. Combined with rigorous academics delivered at a low cost in the traditional high school classroom, the Bridge Academy looks to break the cycle of poverty that afflicts so many of our families and students. Students graduate high school with up to 24 core academic credits and with CTE articulation agreements some students have graduated high school with as many as 40 transferrable college credits. Successful students’ graduate college earlier and with less debt than their traditional classmates and enter the workforce in Maine positioned for a successful career. Currently Bridge Academy operates in 8 of the state’s 27 Career and Technical regions with plans to be in all 27 regions.
Recognized for his industry (40 years) and education experience (30 years) Brian was nominated to serve on the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and was voted as chair. The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC), founded in 2013, is funded by Maine Lobster harvesters, dealers and processors to grow demand, both for whole live lobster and a variety of value-added products. The MLMC supports that objective by promoting the core values of the Maine Lobster industry, which are sustainability and traceability that’s deeply rooted in tradition. Maine Lobster achieved the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification in 2013, allowing Maine Lobster to certify its long-standing sustainable practices.
The Maine Tourism Association asked Brian to serve on its board of directors because of his extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry and his experience serving on the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee. Considering the recent devastating hit to the tourism industry Brian worked with the association to develop regional tourism packages to market Maine to Mainers.
Because of Brian’s commitment and knowledge of career education he was asked to sit on the Hospitality Maine’s Education Foundation, a foundation committed to helping young people get the resources needed for a to pursue a successful career in food service. The Maine Restaurant Association Education Foundation is a Maine, nonprofit Corporation, tax exempt as an IRS 501 (c)(3) charitable educational foundation. When the pandemic hit, Brian worked with Hospitality Maine and Eastern Maine Community College to create CoVid19 training. To date over 3500 restaurant workers have taken the training.
The Maine State Chamber of Commerce asked former senator Brian Langley to serve on it’s board and chair its Education and Workforce Development Committee. In that role, Senator Langley, provides guidance to the board on legislative issues regarding education and workforce development. His efforts created a nursing pathway partnership so that students enrolling in health related programs at career and technical centers have a clear path to a job as a nurse in Maine.
Brian is married to his wife Jane and have two children and three grandchildren.