Bowen spent her professional life in Virginia government and with business, civic and advocacy organizations. She last served as secretary of administration in the cabinet of Gov. (now senator) Mark Warner, after which she did some consulting with a law firm before retiring to focus on her grandchildren and to volunteer with several community boards in the Richmond area. She was previously senior vice president of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, secretary of the commonwealth of Virginia and special assistant to a previous Virginia governor. She has an interest in public policy, its development and implementation, and its impact on the economy, education and our quality of life. She holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Richmond.
Bowen is frequently on campus for athletic events and other important William & Mary occasions, including multiple road trips to cheer for the Tribe. She served as co-chair for the Class of 1963’s 50th Reunion.