Tom Lowe is Director of ReNU Niagara, which is Niagara University’s community outreach arm – located in downtown Niagara Falls. Born and raised in Niagara County, Lowe graduated from Fredonia State University in 2009 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Arts Administration.
Immediately after graduating, Lowe enrolled in the AmeriCorps VISTA program, returning to the Niagara area, as opposed to relocating, to do his service. His year of service was spent with the ReNU Niagara program learning grant writing and assisting with the development of a community gardening program for the City of Niagara Falls. Lowe has since worked his way up from VISTA to Program Coordinator and now to his current position as ReNU Director.
In addition to his full-time role with Niagara University, Lowe is also engaged in many other Niagara Falls organizations and efforts, largely on a volunteer basis. He is currently the Chair of the Niagara Beautification Commission, President of the Main Street Business and Professional Association, founder and current treasurer of Greenprint Niagara, member of the board of directors for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and the City of Niagara Falls Youth Board.
One of his proudest accomplishments has been his participation with the development of “LiveNF” which is an initiative that seeks to change the mindset of Niagara Falls residents to a positive and forward-looking one.
Lowe is a graduate of the Lois Gibbs Fellowship, a program of the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York that seeks to train residents in environmental advocacy, and was a member of Leadership Niagara’s Class of 2014. Additionally, Lowe was recently honored with the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Pride of Niagara Award and was one of Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under Thirty honorees in 2014.