A graduate of Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and the Georgetown University Law Center, Alan Bowser has extensive professional experience as an attorney, economist, and senior executive in the public and private sectors.
An attorney in private practice in Silver Spring, MD, Alan is a member of the Bar in the States of Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Florida and the District of Columbia.
He is a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Basic Industries in the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce, serving under Secretaries William M. Daley and Norman Mineta. He served as Legislative Assistant for Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Affairs for the late George W. Crockett, Jr., a United States Representative from the State of Michigan. He also was a senior staff member of the World Bank Group, and a Director of the Petroleum Finance Company, Ltd.
Alan was Chief of Staff to former Montgomery County Councilmember-at-Large Duchy Trachtenberg, advising her on issues regarding management & fiscal policy, land use, transportation, environment, and health and human services issues. He also served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Maryland State Delegate Pamela Queen (District 14).
Alan Bowser is President of Safe Silver Spring, Inc. He is a past President of the Park Hills Civic Association in Silver Spring and serves on the Boards of Safe Silver Spring, Inc., the Sligo Creek Golf Association, Inc., Conservation Montgomery, Inc., and Building Bridges America, Inc. He also is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee, and the Montgomery County Executive’s African American Advisory Group. He served as Chair of the Neighborhoods Committee of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, as a member of the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County. He is a past Vice President of the Montgomery County Civic Federation.
Alan Bowser is a Democratic Precinct Chair in Silver Spring and a frequent volunteer for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.
He is a former President of the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., where he founded--and currently serves as Executive Producer of--the Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring. He also founded the Silver Spring Arts Salon with Silver Spring author and musician, Mary Amato.
In October 2012, he received the Montgomery County Executive’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.
He is a proud member of American Legion Cissel-Saxon Post 41 in Silver Spring.