The Department of Economic and Community Development provides staff for the ConnectMaine Authority. Questions related to the activities of the Authority should be directed to the staff listed below.

Peggy Schaffer: Executive Director

As executive director, Peggy Schaffer manages the Authority’s rulemaking efforts, investment decisions and policy recommendations. Peggy was the Small Business Advocate for the Secretary of State's office, and served as the Co-chair of the Maine Broadband Coalition, a statewide group advocating for high speed broadband. Peggy was the Chief of Staff in the Senate Majority Office and the Senate President's office. Peggy also worked as the lobbyist for the Department of Economic and Community Development  where she helped develop and implemented many of the State’s key economic initiatives under both King and Baldacci and was part of the team of people that created Maine’s Research and Development infrastructure. Peggy lives in Vassalboro.

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Stephenie MacLagan: Assistant Director

As Assistant Director, Stephenie MacLagan facilitated broadband mapping, deployment and promotion efforts, administered funds and supported board functions. Since 2007, she has been leading sustainable community infrastructure projects in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Stephenie obtained her M.S. in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine.