Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) Board of Directors has announced that Brian Lowe has been selected Executive Director, a role he will assume on September 21, 2021.
Since 2013, Brian has held diverse roles with the City of Burlington. Most recently, he served as the City’s COVID-19 Response Leader, where he led the city’s pandemic response, overseeing multiple cross-departmental teams and partnering with community leaders to address emerging challenges. Brian also served as the city’s Chief Innovation Officer, responsible for identifying new approaches to city processes and starting new programs like Burlington’s Early Learning Initiative, which has helped expand local childcare options.
Previously, he was Chief of Staff to Mayor Miro Weinberger. Before starting with the city, Brian worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and with different organizations in Syria and Afghanistan. He also served for eight years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Then, he met his wife, a native Vermonter, and they moved to Vermont in 2013.
VCRD was searching for a candidate who shared our passion for nurturing the current and emerging leaders who make Vermont communities such vital and dynamic places to live, work and raise our families. In Brian, we found an optimistic leader who believes as we do that, working together, our future is limitless as long as we’re willing to do the hard work of coming together, listening to and learning from one another.
“I am so impressed with all that VCRD has done over the years to help Vermonters focus on the future,” Brian said. “I’m grateful and excited to take on this work and continue to build on all that Paul Costello, the Board, the team at VCRD, and our community partners have accomplished. There are many opportunities to support communities, solve challenges collaboratively, and strengthen residents’ sense of belonging. I am eager to get on with the job.”
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 the support of the locally-defined progress of Vermont's rural communities. VCRD is a dynamic partnership of federal, state, local, nonprofit and private partners. Actively non-partisan with an established reputation for community-based facilitation, VCRD is uniquely positioned to sponsor and coordinate collaborative efforts across governmental and organizational categories concerned with policy questions of rural import.
Since its inception in 1992, VCRD has built a profile of rural policy leadership that is grounded by work in local communities and extends to collaborative partnerships with the highest levels of state and federal programs.