As Vice President of Chamber Development, Deborah Bowie is charged with directing the growth of the chamber by implementing marketing and development strategies supported by innovative, high-value events, benefits and programs that advance the chamber’s mission and impact. Prior to coming to Gainesville, Deborah served as the Senior Director of Public Policy & Communications with the Albany (Georgia) Area Chamber of Commerce, and she also has served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Mayor for the City of Birmingham, Alabama and as Vice President of Community Development at the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Deborah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Xavier University of Louisiana and is completing the highest level of certification for chambers of commerce, the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). She has also completed studies at Harvard University for the “Creating Collaborative Solutions” program, has an Economic Development certificate from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, and was awarded a fellowship in regional sustainability from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Deborah is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Deborah is married with four children, including a set of triplets.