ELLSWORTH — Rebecca Palmer has been hired as the new executive director of Downeast Community Partners, the agency’s board of directors announced Sept. 17.
Palmer, who began her work with DCP in August, is a native of Maine who most recently has been working in San Diego, Calif. Palmer succeeds Mark Green, who left this position in May.
“DCP is pleased to welcome Rebecca back to Maine and look forward to a relationship that takes advantage of her skills and experience,” said Betsy Fitzgerald, president of the DCP board of directors. “In continuing to focus on programming that supports residents and provides the means to improve one’s quality of life, Rebecca is uniquely qualified to continue the mission of DCP.”
Palmer holds a B.S. degree in education from the University of Maine and an M.S. in management of community behavioral health services from Trinity College of Vermont. She has extensive international and domestic not-for-profit experience with an emphasis on developing and strengthening organizational systems. Her focus has been creating paths for sustainable self-sufficiency and independence for marginalized individuals in communities, including a focus on unsheltered households, children’s health, potable water and domestic violence prevention and education in schools and communities.
“Without exception, it has been a privilege in my employment engagements, and now here at DCP, to fulfil my both my personal and professional commitment, to advocate for, and strengthen, resources for individuals and families who are economically or socially disadvantaged — and successfully invite and lead others to join this very honorable work together,” Palmer said.
DCP provides a broad array of programs and services designed to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in Downeast communities.
For more information about DCP and the services offered, visit www.downeastcommunitypartners.org or call 664-2424.