Longtime President/CEO of Midcoast Maine Community Action to Retire


Midcoast Maine Community Action announces that its President/CEO, Jessica Tysen, will retire on October 20, 2019, after 27 years of dedicated service to the Agency.

Tysen has led the organization for 25 of her 27 years, coming to MMCA (then known as Coastal Economic Development) in 1992 as Director of Job Training Programs, subsequently, Workforce Development. In 1994, she was appointed to the President/CEO position. During her tenure, Tysen played a critical role in helping the agency adapt to significant changes in regulations and funding related to delivery of services for children and families. In the process, she served as a champion for establishing policies that improved access to high quality early education for children and to other programs and resources that enable families to become self-sufficient. Prior to joining MMCA, she held leadership positions with the Indiana Hospital Association and provided policy analysis and lobbying for a variety of nonprofit health care and human service organizations.

“MMCA and the communities we serve will forever be indebted to Jessica Tysen for her 27 years of tireless service and the steady leadership she provided,” said Ian Duggan, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “It is truly impossible to quantify the number of lives she has touched during her time leading the organization. Her dedication, selflessness, and commitment to staff, families, and the community embody the mission of MMCA and are second to none. Her actions and efforts as President and CEO of MMCA have improved the lives of so many and will resonate within the community for years to come.  We are grateful to Jessica for her significant contributions to the agency and wish her well in her retirement.”

In announcing her retirement to MMCA staff, Tysen said “I am very proud of our staff and the work you do to serve and improve the lives of families and individuals in the Midcoast region.  I am proud of the quality programs delivered to children and families by all of you, and I am proud of the advocacy we provide to ensure that our clients are connected to the services and benefits that will help them.  While I’ve had other jobs throughout my career, my work with all of you at this agency has been my life’s work.  I thank all of you and the MMCA Board of Directors for the support that has made this work so meaningful for me.”

As it looks toward the future, the MMCA Board of Directors welcomes Claire Berkowitz as the next President and CEO. Berkowitz has most recently served as Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance, an organization that shares many of the same values and goals.