Joe Bower directs MEC annual and major gift fundraising activities. He joined MEC in June 2016 after leading development efforts at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for 10 years. Bower previously worked as a reporter, editor or freelance writer for a variety of local newspapers and regional and national magazines, including Audubon, Sports Illustrated and National Wildlife. Now, in addition to MEC role, he sits on the Michigan Underwater Salvage and Preserve Committee.
Bower has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. A native of southwest Michigan, he lives in Kalamazoo with his wife, Maria, and their children, Sam and Matilda.