Rich Bowman joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2006. As the director of policy, Rich manages projects related to increased public funding for conservation including funding for land protection and management, water infrastructure and conservation incentives for working lands. He also manages projects related to changes in state policy that result in increased land and water conservation. Rich serves as a member of the conservation and management team and is also the project sponsor for the Michigan Chapter's soil health and nutrients and forestry teams.
Prior to joining TNC, Rich was the executive director of the Michigan Council of Trout Unlimited and has worked in various capacities in state and federal policymaking since 1984. Rich earned a bachelor of science in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and is a graduate fellow of the Michigan political leadership program. Rich and his wife, Ann, have lived in Michigan their entire lives and are restoring a 54-year-old wooden Great Lakes trawler. They have four adult children (ages 26 to 35) who all live in Michigan—three in Grand Rapids and one in Detroit.