Meet Donnie Fowler, a Public Affairs and Technology professional originally from Columbia, South Carolina. Donnie joined Save The Bay’s Board of Directors in 2011.
Do you have a favorite Bay site or experience?
I love being outdoors, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since I moved here in 2001, I’ve continued to discover new places from Healdsburg and the Sonoma Coast to the Santa Cruz Mountains that back up Silicon Valley and down to Santa Cruz. One of my favorites has been participating in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, which includes a mile-and-a-half swim in the Bay. How lucky are Bay Area residents to be able to experience all this in our backyard?
How did you get involved with Save The Bay?
I was invited by Wade Crowfoot, who was a Save The Bay Board member at the time. He and I worked together in 2010 to successfully defeat California’s Prop 23 which was sponsored by a bunch of ideologues and Texas oil companies to overturn our State’s climate and clean energy laws. Our “No on 23” effort was an a broad coalition of Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and clean energy entrepreneurs – a great way to build a coalition to solve problems.
What is the best thing about being a board member at Save The Bay?
The great legacy we follow and bring to every issue. The prestigious reputation of the organization and respect from the community is inspiring. I also feel honored working with dedicated board members and the really talented staff of Save The Bay.
If you could be one Bay plant or animal, what would it be and why?
The California Sea Lion. How could anyone not envy how happy they look in the water and lying in the sun. They feel as comfortable in water as on land (and never seem to be cold!).
Who is your environmental hero?
Al Gore. I have worked for him four times, including as his national field director during the 2000 presidential campaign. I also helped drive the marketing efforts for the documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” that brought attention to the climate change issue to so many for the very first time. Al Gore walks the walk and talks the talk. Some Californians that I really admire include Tom Adams (California League of Conservation Voters), Mary Nichols (California Air Resources Board ), John Doerr (venture capitalist), and Nancy Pfund (venture capitalist).
What is your favorite thing about the San Francisco Bay Area?
The breathtaking beauty and diversity of the landscape and its waters.
What is one thing you do each day to protect the environment?
Serving on the board of Save The Bay and working closely with their policy and public advocacy teams. I also have spent a significant amount of my professional life supporting the growth of the clean energy economy in the United States, especially the solar and wind industries.