AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills announced she appointed Kate Elmes of Vinalhaven as the new Chair of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, according to a news release.

Elmes, 31, is the director of development at Trekkers. Trekkers, based in Rockland, is a non-profit youth development organization, committed to helping young people in Maine thrive. Elmes previously served as the development officer for the Island Institute and has served as a commission member since 2019 when she was appointed by Senate President Troy Jackson. Elmes lives on Vinalhaven with her husband, Andrew Dorr, and their two dogs.

“I’m deeply honored to chair the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and grateful for Gov. Mill’s support,” Elmes said in a statement to the Courier-Gazette. “I’m looking forward to working with my fellow commissioners to continue to work with policymakers to improve opportunities for Maine women and girls.”

Created in 2009, Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women is an independent advisory board charged by statute with advising Maine policymakers on matters that impact Maine’s women and girls. Commission members represent a variety of fields, backgrounds and political persuasions.

The seventeen members of the commission are appointed by the Governor, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House for 2-year terms.