About Tom Bowman
Tom is founder and CEO of Bowman Change, Inc., a consultancy dedicated to helping organizations reap the benefits of working with purpose—making social issues and environmental change central to their missions.
A social entrepreneur from the get-go, Tom combines his academic training in social ethics with 25 years of experience in business ownership, marketing communications and informal science education. In the late 1980s he founded an exhibition design firm—Bowman Design Group—that works with the leaders of Fortune 1000 corporations, start-ups, science museums and aquariums.
Climate change projects for the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography redirected Tom’s career journey. Using his company as a lab, Tom made rapid, deep cuts in carbon emissions and demonstrated a repeatable model for money-saving climate action. As a result, Bowman Design Group won a prestigious statewide small business award in California for walking the talk. His team continues to experiment with sustainable business practices and reports the results to the wider business and green business communities.
Tom’s design firm is the first marketing communications company to receive certification under the APEX/ASTM Sustainable Meeting Standards, and the first U.S. firm to receive “sustainable company” certification under the international FAMAB industry guidelines. Tom chairs the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association Sustainability Leadership Committee, writes a monthly “Ask Mr. Green” blog for a leading trade publication and provides training workshops for industry peers.
Meanwhile, Tom began consulting with scientists, economists, government leaders, communications researchers and others on what is widely acknowledged to be our essential question—how to get businesses, cultural institutions and the public engaged in responding to the climate challenge. One of his groundbreaking initiatives became a finalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.
Tom earned a high degree of trust and respect from diverse experts along the way, and he gives voice to their perspectives through the Climate Report™ podcast. He has appeared on Marketplace, the New York Times, Yale Environment 360 and many other leading news outlets.
A sought-after advisor and communicator, Tom regularly provides counsel on climate engagement and science communications to federal agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He also provides counsel to professional organizations and NGOs such as American Geophysical Union, American Public Health Association and the American Governors Association.
Tom’s academic training includes a BA from Johnston College and an MA from the University of Southern California in social ethics.