Adam Bowers, Development Director


Adam is honored to bring his years of non-profit experience to MountainTrue. He was born and raised in Durham, NC where he spent untold days swimming, boating, and hiking along the Eno River. Although raised in the Piedmont, Western North Carolina has felt like Adam’s true home since his youth.

Much like the river he grew up visiting, Adam’s path to MountainTrue was long and winding. The first 33 years were primarily spent participating in and advocating for music and the arts. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University, Adam briefly served as a high school choir teacher. He moved to Asheville in 2009 and began working with the Asheville Lyric Opera, serving in a variety of roles both on and off stage. In 2014, Adam accepted the position of Development Director with LEAF Community Arts. For 5 years, he honed his skills in fundraising there while guiding the organization through a $1 million endowment campaign, the creation of Asheville’s premier public music and arts festivals, LEAF Downtown, and generating the funds needed to begin construction on a new LEAF Global Arts Center in downtown Asheville.

Throughout his work in music and the arts, Adam has maintained a connection to our common land. He currently serves on the French Broad Food Co-op board, where he advocates for healthy food and communities and a resilient local economy. A regular hiker, camper, and boater, Adam understands how important protecting our natural resources are to ensure the long-term health of Western North Carolina’s communities. Adam lives in Asheville with his wife, Erin and daughter, Wren.

phone (828) 258-8737 x 203

Western North Carolina is blessed with more than 1.5 million acres of public land, including Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway and several state-owned parks, forests and natural areas. These public lands support the headwaters of our rivers, beautiful mountain vistas, one of the most diverse temperate forests on the planet, and a thriving economy in tourism, crafts and recreation.
During its 30-year history, WNCA (now MountainTrue) has twice prevented logging in the Asheville Watershed, first in 1990 and again in 2004. Eventually the City of Asheville placed a conservation easement over 17,356 acres of the watershed.