Audrey Dow

Senior Vice President
Los Angeles Office


Why I Do What I Do:

“Not enough of our families’ education dreams come true. I’m in the business of dream making.”

Alma Mater(s): University of Southern California and Princeton University

Your role in one sentence: I build broad-based coalitions that ensure our public colleges and universities better serve our students and the state and I keep Californians informed of the state of higher education and what they can do to help.

When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…raising four little Californians and trying hard not to pull out all of my hair!

If not higher education then what cause? I’m confused, is there another cause?

Formal Bio:
As Senior Vice President, Audrey Dow has broad responsibilities for co-leading the organization’s strategic direction, robust research agenda, and for leading strategic media, communications and coalition-building efforts.

Audrey is a sought-after expert on issues of college access, success, affordability and racial equity speaking regularly at state and national convenings. She often contributes and is quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Politico, The Atlantic and National Public Radio.

Audrey has over twenty years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors where she has trained Latinas to take on leadership roles in the public sector while working at Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Dow’s career has been focused on finding solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the state of California including access and success in higher education, an aging infrastructure system, racial inclusion in hiring, contracting and university admissions, and ensuring underrepresented groups in the state have a seat at policy-making tables.

Audrey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Public Affairs with an emphasis in Domestic Policy, and a certificate in Urban Policy, from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

She was appointed in 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Directors. She is also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for a Better Community. Previously Dow has served on the CA Student Aid Commission Cal Grant Modernization Workgroup, the Technical Advisory Committee for the California Future Health Workforce Commission, and was the California State Senate’s appointee to the Awards for Innovation in Higher Education Committee.

Audrey resides in Hacienda Heights with her husband Stephen and four children, Isabella, Alexandra, Rocco and Brody.