New Members to Board of Visitors Appointed

Posted: December 1, 2009 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: December 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine announced appointments and reappointments to the George Mason University Board of Visitors.

Mark C. Lowham

Mark C. Lowham

Mark C. Lowham is a new appointment to the board. He is senior vice president at West Group, where he is responsible for business development and sustainability efforts.

Prior to joining the firm, Lowham was with the Corporate Finance Group of Kidder, Peabody & Company in New York. He subsequently co-founded The Meridian Group, a real estate development firm focused on mixed-use projects in the western United States. He was also founding director of the Aviation Facilities Company, the largest operator of on-airport cargo facilities in the United States.

Lowham was also a principal partner and investor in Indian Springs Ranch, the largest private conservation development in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Recently, Lowham was part of the West Group development team for Park Crest, a significant transit-oriented project in Tysons Corner, Va. He was also a founding director of Equire Ltd., an e-commerce service provider to luxury retail brands based in London, and a founding investor in Visual Sciences LLC, a leading e-commerce diagnostics software firm.

Lowham serves on the boards of the Inova Foundation and the Medical Care for Children Partnership. He is also chairman of Inova’s Life with Cancer program and a member of the Executive Committee of Charity Works and Chairman of the Charity Works Green House, the first carbon-neutral house demonstration project in the mid-Atlantic.

Lowham is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the USGBC. He is also a member of Cong. Gerry Connolly’s Environmental Task Force, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova’s Business Roundtable, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee.

Lowham graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Edward Newberry

Edward Newberry

Edward Newberry, another new appointment to the board, is deputy managing partner of Patton Boggs and a member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees.

Practicing in public policy, he represents leading municipal governments, colleges and universities, hospitals, and other organizations across the country in developing and implementing federal funding strategies and addressing policy issues.

In addition, Newberry represents domestic corporations in the energy and real estate industries and is Washington advisor to overseas governments and international business interests.

Municipal governments or related entities that Newberry has represented include San Diego and San Jose, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; King County, Washington; and Pinellas County, Fla., as well as other prominent U.S. cities and counties.

Transportation and infrastructure issues are a key part of Newberry’s practice, and his clients also include major transportation agencies responsible for highways and mass transit in several of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing regions.

In the energy arena, Newberry represents national associations of propane gas and heating oil producers and retail marketers. While at Patton Boggs, he spearheaded the enactment of precedent-setting legislation that established the nation’s first federally sponsored, industry-funded research and development program for the propane and oil heating industries.

Newberry is a Mason alumnus who received a BA in Speech Communication and a BS in Business Administration with recognition and distinction. He earned a JD from Georgetown University.

Reappointed members are Carol Merchant Kirby, owner and former chairman of the board of Merchant’s Incorporated; Kathleen deLaski, senior program officer for education for the Walton Family Foundation; and Charlie “Chuck” Mills III, founder and CEO of Salera Capital Management.

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