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April 26, 2024

Maine Credit Union League names new president, the first woman in the role

Photo / Courtesy Maine Credit Union League
Elise Baldacci

Elise Baldacci is leaving her role as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Janet Mills to serve as president of the Maine Credit Union League, becoming its first woman leader.

Baldacci, who worked early in her career for both the Westbrook-based trade association and Synergent, the credit union-owned financial technology services provider, will start her new job on June 3.

“In many ways, I feel like I’m coming home," she said. "I’ve always been deeply passionate about credit unions and the tremendous difference they make in their communities and in their members’ lives.

"I am eager to begin working with the League’s talented staff and with Maine’s credit unions to advocate on their behalf and showcase the mission and values of our industry.”

Baldcacci, a niece of former Gov. John Baldacci, will succeed interim director Cris Wescott, who stepped in when Todd Mason left in 2023 to return to his home state of Michigan.

“After conducting a thorough search for our industry’s next leader, Elise’s qualifications, including her experience advocating for credit unions, stood above the rest,” said David Desjardins, the Maine Credit Union League's board chairman and CEO of Fort Kent-based Acadia Federal Credit Union.

“She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role, along with a deep commitment to carrying out the credit unions' 'people helping people’ philosophy,” he added. “Her familiarity with both the League and the credit union movement makes her well-positioned to advance the interests of Maine credit unions, now and in the future.”

Baldacci has served as deputy chief of staff to Mills since August 2021, according to LinkedIn.

Baldacci started her career at the Maine Credit Union League as director of government affairs in September 2014, taking on additional management and oversight responsibilities over the course of four and a half years.

The North Yarmouth resident is a 2008 graduate of the University of Maine and a 2012 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.

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Jim Bowers
April 26, 2024

She is well suited for the position. Congrats Elise!

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