MOUNT DESERT — Kathy Miller, a longtime resident of Somesville, has been named the first executive director of the Mount Desert Economic Sustainability Initiative.
The group, formed last fall to rally support for a ban on cruise ships coming to Northeast Harbor, pledged to promote economic development and the creation of affordable workforce housing.
In a posting on its website on Monday, the group announced the formation of Mount Desert 365, a 501c(3) nonprofit entity through which it will pursue its goals. It also announced plans to open an office in The Wheelhouse, a co-working space upstairs at 123 Main St. in Northeast Harbor.
Miller will start her job as executive director June 1.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity with this new organization right in my own town,” she said. “To put my experience and skills to something as important – and as basic – as stable and affordable year-round housing and the ability to make a good living or create a business is personally very rewarding for me. I’m eager to get started.”
Miller currently works with Maine Pretrial Services Inc. as manager of the Alternative Sentencing Program for several Maine counties. Before that, she was the organization’s Hancock County Drug Court case manager and housing coordinator.
Miller previously served as executive director of the Maine Lighthouse Corporation, as development director at Catholic Charities Maine and the Mount Desert Island YMCA, and as interim development director at Maine Seacoast Mission.
She has served on the Mount Desert Warrant Committee and the board of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society.