Mike Bowman

Director of Public Affairs


Mike Bowman is a Director at SWS where he leads the firm’s Sacramento Office.

Bowman is a skilled strategist with a deep understanding of state and local government issues ranging from economic development, public-private partnerships, transportation, healthcare, tourism and technology.

With more than two decades of experience in state and local government, Bowman has made his most substantial contributions in the field of public communications by developing and implementing strategic public education and outreach plans for some of California’s most prominent public infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining Southwest Strategies LLC, Bowman served at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), and worked for Governor Brown and Governor Schwarzenegger, serving as a gubernatorial appointee at the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and the California Health & Human Services Agency.

In addition to his public sector experience, Bowman has more than a decade of experience working on key public policy issues in the private sector. He was Director of Government Affairs for California Business Roundtable, a statewide business association comprised of chief executive officers and senior executives from California-based Fortune 500 corporations.

A native of Northern California, Bowman served in the U.S. Army and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration from Sonoma State University.

Bowman lives in Sacramento with his wife and three children. In addition to coaching his kids’ soccer and basketball teams, Bowman serves as President of the Sierra Oaks Neighborhood Association (SONA), President of St. Ignatius School’s Catholic School Advisory Commission and is actively involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) where he is a past member of the JDRF Board of Directors (Northern CA Chapter).

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