Seattle Steam Taps Lowe to Lead Business Development
Proven leader adds public and private expertise to team
SEATTLE - February 26, 2014 - Seattle Steam Company, a Northwest leader in clean energy, today named Marco Lowe director of business development. Lowe brings a rich diversity of experience in the public and the private sectors.
"Marco's career reflects his ability to forge strong, working relationships," said Stan Gent, president and CEO of the Seattle-based utility company. "His insights, gained from years of successful business and government work, will help Seattle Steam expand low-carbon district energy in Seattle as well as our ability to provide customers renewable energy at an affordable cost."
Lowe served in key positions in the administrations of two former Seattle mayors. He was director of community relations during the first term of Mayor Greg Nickels, leaving to earn a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Later, he returned to Seattle to head Mayor Mike McGinn's Office of Intergovernmental Relations. In the years between those two posts, Lowe was director of community development for Triad Development in Seattle, before moving to New York to serve as chief of staff for Mayor Bloomberg's Department of Small Business Services.
Earlier in his career, Lowe served as a policy advisor to King County Councilmember Greg Nickels and Governor Gary Locke. Lowe also co-founded a local software company soon after graduating from the University of Washington.
Founded in 1893, Seattle Steam is a privately owned district energy company that provides district heat to about 200 buildings in Seattle's Central Business District and First Hill neighborhoods. Customers use the company's steam for space heating; domestic hot water; and process, laundry, humidification and kitchen use. Seattle Steam, www.seattlesteam.com, produces thermal energy from five boilers located in two plants in downtown Seattle. In 2009, Seattle Steam made the commitment to begin generating thermal energy primarily from sustainable non-fossil fuel sources.