Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) Board of Directors has announced that Brian Lowe has been appointed CEO, a role he will assume on September 21, 2021.
Since 2013, Brian has held various positions within the City of Burlington. Most recently, he served as the city’s chief COVID-19 response, where he led the city’s pandemic response, overseeing multiple interdepartmental teams and partnering with community leaders to address emerging challenges. Brian has also served as the city’s director of innovation, responsible for identifying new approaches to municipal processes and launching new programs like the Burlington Early Learning Initiative, which has helped expand childcare options. ‘local children.
Previously, he was Chief of Staff to Mayor Miro Weinberger. Prior to starting with the city, Brian worked in the US Treasury Department and with various organizations in Syria and Afghanistan. He also served for eight years in the US Navy Reserve. Then he met his wife, who is from Vermont, and they moved to Vermont in 2013.
VCRD was seeking a candidate who shared our passion for educating current and emerging leaders who make Vermont communities vital and vibrant places to live, work and raise our families. In Brian, we have found an optimistic leader who believes that by working together our future is limitless as long as we are willing to work hard to come together, listen to each other and learn from each other.
“I am so impressed with everything VCRD has done over the years to help Vermonters focus on the future,” said Brian. “I am grateful and excited to undertake this work and to continue to build on all that Paul Costello, the Board of Directors, the VCRD team and our community partners have accomplished. There are many opportunities to support communities, solve problems collaboratively, and strengthen residents’ sense of belonging. I can’t wait to get back to work. “
Brian holds an MPP in Political and Economic Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Political Science and History from Williams College.
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the locally defined progress of rural Vermont communities. VCRD is a dynamic partnership of federal, state, local, nonprofit and private partners. Actively non-partisan with an established reputation for community facilitation, VCRD is uniquely positioned to sponsor and coordinate collaborative efforts between government and organizational categories concerned with policy issues of rural importance.
Since its inception in 1992, VCRD has built a profile of rural political leadership that is grounded in work in local communities and extends to collaborative partnerships with the highest levels of state and federal programs.
Source: VCRD 9.14.2021