President & CEO
Dana Totman became the president & CEO of Avesta Housing in 2000, and his exceptional leadership and strategic guidance have led Avesta through significant growth over the past 20 years. His focus at Avesta is on developing staff leadership, cultivating partnerships and opportunities, and facilitating organizational change.
Dana received the Catalyst Award from the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2020, was inducted into Maine’s Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Maine in 2018, received the Maine State Housing Authority’s Steven Mooers Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, was named Mainebiz’s Business Leader of the Year in 2013, and received the Maine Real Estate and Development Association’s Robert B. Patterson, Jr. Founder’s Award in 2013. Click here to see Dana’s Business Hall of Fame video.
Dana was the deputy director of Maine State Housing Authority from 1994 to 2000 and was the executive director of the Coastal Economic Development Corporation from 1984 to 1994. His career has focused on nonprofit and government management and leadership, specializing in leading organizations through significant change. He has a BA in Public Management from the University of Maine and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Dana attended Duke University’s Government Leadership Program and completed programming with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Dana has developed a vast network of organizational partnerships over his career. His current and past community service includes the Quality Housing Coalition (board vice chair), United Way of Greater Portland (board), 75 State Street (board), the Outdoor Sports Institute (board), Maine Real Estate and Development Association (board) Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (board vice chair), Brunswick Planning Board, Federal HomeLoan Bank Advisory Council, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (chairman), Interagency Task Force on Homelessness (chairman), Northern New England Housing Investment Fund (board), Bath Chamber of Commerce (board chair), Maine Community Action Association (president), and Midcoast Health Services (board).