By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.com

One of Pepco’s brightest stars has an extensive community history, a historic political career, and is committed to seeing that his customers get the best service possible. Marc Battle is vice president for the District of Columbia with Pepco, the Washington, D.C. area utility company. Battle has worked at Pepco since 2013 and Donna Cooper, the utility’s regional president, said he has a lot to bring to his position.

“Marc’s skills and experience enable him to help shape policy and manage issues in a way that will bring value to our Pepco customers,” Cooper said. “He plays a key role in helping to ensure we meet our responsibilities as a reliable deliverer of electricity while maintaining the highest standards of safety, integrity and civic responsibility.”

Marc Battle is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia and the Howard University School of Law. (Courtesy Photo)

Pepco is a regulated electric utility that provides transmission and distribution services and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. Pepco delivers electric service to more than 815,000 customers in Maryland and the District.

Battle told the AFRO his job is managing relationships with organizations such as the office of the mayor of the District, D.C. Council members, District agencies such as the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia and Office of the People’s Counsel, business and community leaders. Legislation that falls within Pepco’s scope at the D.C. Council and regulations that affect the utility being considered by the Public Service Commission are in his jurisdiction.

Battle is a 1999 graduate of the University of the District of Columbia and a 2002 graduate of the Howard University School of Law.  While at UDC, he interned for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper that was led at the time by publisher Frances Murphy II.

“I was a journalism major at UDC and I had an excellent work experience at the AFRO and working with Mrs. Murphy,” he said.

After law school, he worked for U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and then for D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-Ward 5). “I was the counsel to the Committee on Government Operations, of which Council member Orange was the chairman,” he said. “I advised the council member on issues dealing with his committee and I also learned the way the John A.Wilson Building works.”

Battle left the District for New York City, where he worked for the law firm of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. While in the New York City area, Battle made history.

“In 2008, I was appointed to an open seat of the borough council of Haledon, N.J.,” Battle said. “They had never had elected an African-American to any office in this city. I had to run for election and I am proud to say that I was on the ballot with Barack Obama in the November general election.”

In 2009, Battle returned to the District to serve as Pepco’s assistant general counsel. Battle said he likes working with Pepco and won’t predict what the future holds. “I want to be one who remains engaged with the community,” he said. “Our utility touches every single resident in some way and I want to make sure that they have a positive interaction with us.”