David Bowen is the son of Jamaican immigrants who came to Milwaukee to pursue a better life for their family. Born and raised on Milwaukee’s North Side, David was a 2005 honors graduate of Bradley Tech High School.
As a teen and young adult, David completed Urban Underground’s youth leadership program. He was selected as a Legacy Foundation Youth Activism Fellow and is a two-time graduate of the Americorps program, Public Allies. David continued to volunteer with Urban Underground while pursuing his undergraduate degree in Educational Policy and Community Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Firmly rooted in the community, David became Program Director at Urban Underground. In that capacity, he oversaw creation and implementation of youth programs, services, and professional development training for adults interested in youth civic engagement and leadership development. A nationally recognized trainer for intergenerational community improvement strategies, David Bowen served on the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Violence Prevention Initiative Steering Committee and is currently a member of the City of Milwaukee’s Homicide Review Commission. He is also a National Americorps Service Alum.
In April 2012 he was elected to the Milwaukee County Board as Supervisor for District 10, becoming the youngest member of the Board and one of the youngest Black elected officials in Milwaukee's history. He currently serves on three County Board standing committees: Health and Human Needs, Finance, Personnel and Audit, and as Vice Chair of Economic and Community Development.