The state of Maine has a new top financial forecaster.

Amanda Rector, 29, was named the state economist on June 15 by Maine State Planning Office Director Darryl Brown.

Prior to joining the staff of the State Planning Office as one of its economists in 2007, Rector was an economic research analyst with the Maine Department of Labor in the Division of Labor Market Information Services. She received an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree from the Muskie School of Public Service.

In her role as state economist, Rector conducts ongoing analysis of Maine’s economy to inform planning and policy decisions, including performing special research projects undertaken with and for the governor’s office, the Legislature and other state agencies in pursuit of sustainable economic growth for the state.

She also serves as the governor’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau and oversees the operation of the State Data Center, which provides access to data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau. Rector is a member of the Revenue Forecasting Commission, which develops revenue projections for the General Fund and Highway Fund for use by state budgeters and supports the director of the State Planning Office on economic and tax policy issues affecting Maine.