Consultant. Veteran. Philanthropist. Professor.
Jim Mowrer is a consultant, veteran, experienced Major Gifts Officer, philanthropist, professor, and father dedicated to serving his community in Iowa. With a belief that everyone holds some responsibility for making the world a better place, his career history is peppered with philanthropic endeavors, volunteer work, and military service. In addition to hands-on experience, Jim also holds two degrees, a B.A. in Political Science and Government from the American Military University, as well as a Master of Arts in Public Policy from George Mason University.
Raised on a family farm in central Iowa, Jim Mowrer enjoyed a traditional midwestern upbringing. At seven years of age, he lost his father in a farming accident. At the time, his mother moved Jim and his siblings into town. It was a difficult time in his life, but looking back he regards the experience as formative, giving him the immense gift of empathy for others and an appreciation for the systems that help families in need.
Always searching for ways to help better himself and the community as a whole, Jim decided to enlist in the National Guard after the devastating attacks on 9/11. In only two years, he had worked his way up the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant. Around this time, his unit was deployed to Iraq. As an Intelligence Analyst, Jim Mowrer’s role was to help locate IEDs and roadside bombs so they could be removed before they caused any damage. Serving a total of 24 months in the service, his unit, the 1 -133 Infantry Battalion, served the longest deployment in any unit in the Iraq War.
Upon his return to civilian life in 2009, he began participating in veterans’ advocacy groups and worked as the Veterans Outreach Director for Biden for President to increase veterans’ benefits. Jim later returned to Iraq to complete civilian work, opening the door to a position at the Department of Defense. While in Iraq, a job offer was extended to work at the Pentagon as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army.
Jim Mower served in this role from 2010 until 2013, representing the Army to all 54 state and territory governors. He also oversaw the establishment of the Army Office of Business Transformation and worked to save 3.5 billion dollars by analyzing and implementing industry best practices as they pertained to acquisition, logistics, and information technology.
While Jim understands that many view veterans as just another cog in the well-oiled American machine, he has always done what he believes is best for his community, state and country. As such, he decided to use his experience to further benefit his community. In 2013, he ran as a Democratic Nominee for Congress in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. His campaign garnered quite a bit of attention and he was able to fundraise 2.2 million dollars, which out-fundraised a six-term incumbent member of Congress.
Though Jim Mowrer did not win the race in 2014, he continued serving his community in other ways, including serving as the Vice Chair for the Iowa Democratic Party. Around the same time, he began offering consulting services for other political candidates in the area—after all, who better to assist than someone who had previously experienced running for office?
The next year, when another opportunity arose, Jim once again launched into the race for a position in office. From August 2015 through November 2016, Jim campaigned for the Democratic Nomination for Congress in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. His two campaigns dealt a lot of blows, both professionally, personally, and financially, but he truly believed he was the best candidate for the job. In fact, he still does.
Following his second loss in 2016, Jim took a position as a Major Gifts Officer for Easterseals Iowa, a nonprofit organization that works to ensure people with disabilities and special needs have the equal opportunities they deserve to learn, live, work, and play in their communities. As the father to a son with a rare disability, he is passionate about increasing opportunities and the quality of life for those with special needs. While he no longer works with Easterseals Iowa, disability advocacy remains one of Jim Mowrer’s most passionate causes.
At the end of the day, regardless of what role he’s in, Jim’s goal is to always be making the world around him more prosperous, more equitable, and more fulfilling. Doing something, whether it be working with your local party to ensure voter registration, volunteering with veterans programs or disability services or, more boldly, running for office, is better than nothing. A contribution to your community—no matter how big or small—will make it a better place to live. That’s Jim Mowrer’s philosophy.
To learn more about Jim and his latest professional and political endeavors, be sure to check out his blog!