Mayor Lozeau was elected the 55th Mayor of Nashua in November 2007. She was reelected, having run unopposed, in November 2011. Upon taking office in January of 2008 Mayor Lozeau launched a new initiative, “100 Days/100 Ways,” a campaign to celebrate her first 100 days in office and to create the opportunity for residents to become more involved in the community. Mayor Lozeau continues to encourage citizens of Nashua to be involved in the workings of government. In addition to the numerous volunteer opportunities on official boards and commissions established by ordinance, Mayor Lozeau calls on citizens to take part in problem solving and community development opportunities.
As Nashua’s chief executive, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau works to meet the community’s challenges in the economy, education, taxes and public safety. She works with the Board of Aldermen, Board of Education, Board of Public Works along with other elected boards and commissions; to balance six budgets, keep property taxes in check, to earn Fitch’s AAA bond rating, and solidify Nashua’s reputation as being one of the safest/best cities in the country to work and raise a family.
Mayor Lozeau believes in open and accessible government. During her tenure the City of Nashua has received the highest Sunshine rating in the state for transparency on its website content. Since becoming mayor she has overseen the implementation of numerous changes allowing for more citizen input and observation. The Government and Education channels have moved to a modern, state of the art facility and stream their broadcasts of public meetings and school district events live over the internet. The city has a new local access television station which has joined the Government and Education station at the Riverside Street location. Monthly financial statements and all public contracts, union contracts and the merit plan are posted on the city’s website. Citizens can report issues such as potholes, graffiti and other matters needing attention online and follow the progress of the measures taken to address their concerns via the “Citizen Portal” feature.
Mayor Lozeau has made energy efficiency a priority in her administration. She has spearheaded many initiatives within the city including the purchase of alternative fuel fleet vehicles; an audit and evaluation of city buildings, retrofitting HVAC systems and materials with new, highly efficient replacements; and collaborating with her elected colleagues and with local businesses to bring public Compressed Natural Gas Station to Nashua for use by city vehicles and local businesses.
In November 2010, Mayor Lozeau led negotiations with Pennichuck Corporation to a successful agreement for a stock purchase of the company and all its holdings. Mayor Lozeau inherited the eight year battle with the company and the city in eminent domain proceedings at the PUC and Supreme Court. Having never supported eminent domain as the best process for the city to acquire its water resource she put together a team to negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement. With Board of Aldermen participation, review and approval the final transfer of ownership transpired on January 25, 2012.
A lifelong resident of Nashua, NH, Donnalee began her public service at the age of 24 being elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1984. She served 8 terms as a citizen legislator representing Nashua’s Ward 5 and as Deputy Speaker to Speaker Donna Sytek .
Prior to serving as Mayor, Donnalee Lozeau was the Director of Program and Community Development for Southern New Hampshire Services, the Community Action Agency for Hillsborough County. She oversaw the development of elderly housing, expanded child care and Head Start programs, and established the Economic Opportunity Center to encourage financial self-sufficiency and assist with employment opportunities.
Mayor Lozeau attended public schools and Rivier College (now Rivier University), raised and educated her three children in Nashua and along with her husband David, owned and operated several local businesses. She serves on numerous local boards including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua and Greater Salem; Nashua Community College Advisory Board; Great American Downtown; Greater Nashua Workforce Housing Coalition; Mary’s House; and the PLUS Company. At the state level, Mayor Lozeau serves on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Governor Maggie Hassan has appointed her to serve on the Transportation Transition Team, and the Judicial Selection Commission.
Donnalee Lozeau is proud to call Nashua home and honored to serve the City of Nashua. As mayor, she is grateful for the residents, employees and business owners that give of their time and talent to keep Nashua the wonderful place it is.