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Deborah V. Bowie

President & CEO

Prior to joining United Way of North Central Florida, Deborah served as Vice President of Development for the Gainesville (FL) Chamber of Commerce. Immediately prior, she was the Senior Director of Communications and Registered Lobbyist for the Albany (GA) Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of Community Development at the Birmingham (AL) Regional Chamber of Commerce. Deborah’s professional career includes more than 20 years of experience in a variety of fields, including broadcast journalism, marketing and sales, high-level crisis management, and municipal government, where she served as chief of staff to the mayor of Birmingham, AL. Deborah is a member of Rotary International, and serves on several local and state boards but her most fulfilling responsibilities include being mother to four children, including a set of adorable triplets.

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans and has completed nonprofit executive management courses at the University of Georgia and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  

Hometown: Miami, FL

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Why I do this work: In 2008, I gave birth to spontaneous triplets, one of whom was later diagnosed with severe autism. I know first-hand what it means to have life disrupted by the unplanned and experience challenges that, in some cases, I was not prepared for. Working for the United Way allows me to help people who need a helping hand getting through life. One person is all it takes to make a big difference – that’s what it means to #LiveUnited. 

Connect with me: www.linkedin.com/in/deborahvbowie