Elizabeth A. Cowles was appointed to the Washington State University Board of Regents in April of 2000. She is chairman of Cowles Company, a diversified family owned media, forest products, insurance, and Real Estate Company headquartered in Spokane. In addition to working on long-term corporate strategy, she directly oversees several divisions of the company, including broadcasting, a national insurance agency, and real estate. The real estate holdings include River Park Square, a retail and entertainment center in downtown Spokane, the cornerstone of a community-wide effort to revitalize Spokane’s downtown. Cowles is active in the community and has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including past Chair of Greater Spokane Incorporated, past Chair of the Spokane Symphony, and founding member of The Fox Theater and TVW boards. She is a Director of the Laird Norton Company. She received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from George Washington University, where she is a past trustee.
Updated on February 10, 2012