Keep America Beautiful announced on April 11, 2017 that Helen Lowman (Thailand 1988-91), who served as an appointee of President Barack Obama at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and with the Peace Corps, has been named the organization’s new president and CEO. She will assume the role on May 1.
From 2010 to 2017, Lowman served as an appointee of the President of the United States in the senior foreign service and the senior executive service. Most recently, she was Director-Individual and Community Preparedness at FEMA in Washington, D.C., overseeing programs to increase citizen and community preparedness while encouraging disaster and crisis resilience. Previously, she served in a variety of roles with the Peace Corps, directing Recruitment Office in DC as an Associate Director. She earlier served as Regional Director-Europe, Middle East and Asia, Peace Corps’ largest geographic region.
Earlier in her career, Lowman managed environmental education events and initiatives with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). While in Texas, she served on the Board of Directors of two Keep America Beautiful Affiliates: Keep Austin Beautiful and Keep El Paso Beautiful.
Lowman, who speaks four languages, is a graduate of Austin College and received her Master’s degree in International Economics and Development from the University of Denver, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Antioch University, Graduate School of Leadership and Change.