The Center for Ethics in Action (CEIA) was created in 1996 to promote a new ethical compass for our country and the world beyond, with women leaders setting the course. The CEIA mounts exhibitions of fine art created by women around the world to demonstrate the importance of the arts in life-long learning as well as the transformative power of the arts. For the past seven years the CEIA has served as a fiscal sponsor for programs that fit within its vision and goals. The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts (MMPA) is a special program of CEIA. CEIA is a publicly supported U.S. non-governmental organization with its own tax-exempt status, located at the University of New England’s Portland, Maine campus.
Principal StaffAnne B. Zill, Founder & Director
Ph. (207) 221-4499
Martha Burk, Co-Director
Denise Froehlich, Co-Director
Kathleen D. Hendrix, Co-Director
Marjorie Lightman, Co-Director
Victoria Mares-Hershey, Co-Director
Elizabeth Moss, Co-Director
Ph. (207) 781-2620
Katharine Sreedhar, Co-Director
Mimi Wolford, Co-Director
Areas of Expertise:Advancing Women's Leadership , Arts & Activism , Eco-Activism , Leadership in Civil Society , Leadership in Government, Politics, and Business , Women in History , Women's Movements , Women's Networks , Globalization, Human Rights & Security 
Projects & Campaigns
Earth Charter Summit. On September 29, 2001, WCEIA convened a day-long Earth Charter Summit, one of twelve around the country that were linked together at two points during the day, with over 150 participants and 45 speakers, to build support for the Earth Charter document, which lays out 16 principles for a just, sustainable and peaceful global society.
Gender Equality Commission Training. In June 2000, Croatian women leaders took part in this three week training, designed by Anne B. Zill and executed in Washington, D.C., New York (at the United Nations in conjunction with the Beijing + 5 proceedings) and in Maine. Participants were exposed to women leaders on the national, international and state levels in government, industry, academia and civil society.
In July 2001, Bulgarian women mayors were trained for two weeks in advocacy, coalition-building, issue development, and democracy in Maine and Washington, DC.
Cuba: Hearts and Minds and Past and Present . 2007. An exhibition of historical and contemporary art by Cuban, Cuban-American and American Artists about the "Island."
Reports & Resources
Annual Reports 
Consider the following list of values: consistency, inclusivity, inter-connectivity, collaboration, empathy, transparency, practicality, and long-term, big-picture considerations. How does the conduct of our government reflect these values? And what is to be done? This paper posits the proposition that the United States government is doing only fair to middling in these early days of the 21st century, that our democracy needs reinvigorating, renewed attention to these core values, as well as to the rule of law itself. A critical mass of women in positions of leadership in government and civil society could speed up this process.