Nick Battista, senior policy officer at the Island Institute, has been appointed chair of the ConnectMaine Authority’s board. ConnectMaine’s mission is to facilitate the universal availability of broadband to all Maine households and businesses. Establishing criteria defining areas with inadequate service, supporting investments in broadband, and administering funds are all duties of ConnectMaine. Battista has been collaborating on the Island Institute’s broadband for coastal sustainability project since 2016. In addition, he also serves on the boards of the Maine Broadband Coalition and Maine Island Trail Association. A native Mainer, Battista graduated from Colby College. He then obtained his master of science degree in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island and juris doctor degree from Roger Williams University. Nick, his wife, Meredith, and their daughter, Lettie, live in Camden.