Patty Bowen

Environmental Justice Associate

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Contact:

patty(at)cvidaho.org

As CVI’s Environmental Justice Associate, Patty will work to advance and advocate for equity in our clean energy initiatives. She will work with other cities and counties across the state who have made clean energy commitments to ensure policies are equitable throughout all communities. 

 

My Story

I’m a conservation voter because my life was shaped by Idaho’s outdoors and I believe everyone should be able to experience the smells, sounds and magnitude of Idaho. As the daughter of a Boy Scout Troop Leader, I spent many of my weekends and summers exploring our state. 

My introduction into policy work began in college while working for Boise State University’s student newspaper, The Arbiter. I became very interested in the correlation between local journalism and voter engagement. During this time, I did an internship with the nonprofit Semilla Nueva and spent a summer interviewing Guatemalan families about sustainable agriculture. I translated and wrote up those stories, which were later published on the Huffington Post. 

After serving as the Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief of The Arbiter, I graduated from Boise State University and began working for the Idaho Press as the Meridian Press Reporter.

As a runner and hiker, my life revolves around the seasons in Boise. When I’m not out on the trails, you can find me reading in a coffee shop, playing my guitar, or trying new recipes. 

 

Work experience

My professional experience has focused largely on relationship building, clean energy and communications. I recently spent two years working in the energy sector for POWER Engineers, specializing in energy storage. Before that I covered government affairs, growth and education in Meridian for the Idaho Press. 

 

Background 

  • Boise State University: Bachelor of Arts in English, selected as 2017 graduating student leader
  • Conservation Voters of Idaho: 2021 Boards and Commissions Fellowship Graduate


Interests

Biking, hiking, trail running, camping, climbing, reading, playing guitar, writing, and enjoying local music and art.