“UDC is one of the greatest treasures this city has. It made all the difference to me as someone who was capable of doing challenging work, but I didn’t have the financial resources at the time to finish school.”
Marc Battle’s start in college took a turn when his finances ran short. However, his return to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of the District of Columbia set him on a course to success for his family and the masses of people he impacts daily as Vice President of the Potomac Electric Power Company (“Pepco”) for the Washington, DC Region.
“One thing that got me really motivated to return to school full-time was when I was working a job doing corporate communications. My boss left and I applied for her position, and I was told I couldn’t have that job without having a bachelor’s degree. They hired someone who was fresh out of undergrad who was younger than me and knew nothing. That was kind of the turning point.”
Today Battle is vice president of Pepco, a regulated electric utility which delivers electric services to more than 815,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon Corporation.
He credits UDC for providing him with a solid educational foundation, and academic and financial support. “I had some incredible professors at UDC in political science and communications. UDC is one of the greatest treasures this city has. It made all the difference to me as someone who was capable of doing challenging work, but I didn’t have the financial resources at the time to finish school.”
As Pepco’s Region Vice President, Battle manages public policy and stakeholder relations with District of Columbia government officials, community leaders and business, consumer and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to assuming the role of Region Vice President, he served as Associate General Counsel of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (“PHI”), serving about 2 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey. As Associate General Counsel, he represented PHI and its subsidiaries Pepco and Delmarva Power & Light in complex litigation in the District of Columbia and Maryland in a wide variety of matters.
A 1999 graduate of the University of the District of Columbia, and 2002 graduate of the Howard University School of Law, Battle practiced law initially in the federal and local government, serving as Senior Counsel and Communications Director to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and later as Counsel to the Committee on Government Operations for the Council of the District of Columbia. He has also worked with the law firm of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, LLP in its New York office, focusing on complex commercial litigation.
Battle serves as a board member of the Greater Washington Urban League, Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School, After -School All -Stars DC, and Chairs the board of Step Afrika!
Battle is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and is a life member of the University of the University of the District of Columbia Alumni Association.