Avesta Housing names successor to longtime CEO Dana Totman

Following a nationwide search, Rebecca Hatfield has been promoted to president and CEO of the nonprofit Avesta Housing, succeeding longtime leader Dana Totman.

Hatfield, who joined Avesta in 2015, has been senior vice president of real estate at the Portland-based developer of affordable housing. She will move into her new role on Sept. 6.

She will oversee an organization with 300 employees and a portfolio of 109 properties with 4,600 residents.

Avesta’s scope includes real estate development, property management, housing stability services and assisted living, with affordable housing at its core.

“It’s a critical time for me to lead the largest affordable housing organization in northern New England. I have a strong commitment to helping solve the housing crisis,” Hatfield told Mainebiz.