Dianne Tilton is DEI’s first Executive Director. Before taking on her duties in March 2015, Dianne worked for nine years with RHR Smith & Company, CPAs, as Operations Director and Senior Development Specialist. From January 2008 to December 2011, Ms. Tilton served as District 33’s (Steuben to Beals) representative to the 124th and 125th Maine Legislature. She served on the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources, was appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Energy Future, and the Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Reform. During her tenure in the Maine Legislature, Dianne developed programs to meet the needs of natural resource-based industries, and introduced several pieces of legislation, including one to ensure rural communities had access to state research funds.
Before taking her position at DEI, Dianne served for 13 years as the Executive Director of the Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC), providing leadership to grow a small program into a successful nonprofit economic and community development organization.
She is a native of Harrington, Maine, receiving her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maine. She has had numerous education and professional achievements including her participation in 2009 in the Emerging Political Leaders Program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She participated in and graduated from Leadership Maine’s Epsilon Class, and from the Washington County Leadership Institute (Alpha Class). Her awards and recognitions include MaineBiz “Next” List (citizen’s shaping Maine’s economic future), the Deborah Morton Award (University of New England award for Outstanding Maine Women), the Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award (Maine Development Foundation), Maine Public Administrator of the Year (ME Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration), and Economic Developer of the Year (Finance Authority of Maine – FAME).