Ian Dowdy, AICP, MBA

Ian Dowdy, AICP, MBA

Director, Progress Meters


Ian Dowdy currently serves as the Director of Progress Meters for CFA and is a certified urban planner with a diverse background working in the public sector, performing master planning and land entitlements in the private sector, and has spent the last eight years of his career in public policy surrounding conservation and sustainable economic development in the non-profit arena. In his previous position with the Sonoran Institute, Ian led the Sustainable Landscapes and Communities team that focused on improving the quality-of-life, economy, and environment of the Sun Corridor megapolitan region of Arizona which includes Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott.

As an avid hiker, backpacker, and occasional angler, Ian has explored Arizona’s out-of-the-way places and is passionate about conserving resources for future generations. Recently Ian has served on various boards and commissions including the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance Steering Committee, the City of Peoria Quality of Life Commission, the Arizona Alliance for Livable Communities Steering Committee, the White Tank Mountains Conservancy Governing Board, and the Faith House Domestic Violence Shelter Advisory Committee.

Ian has two degrees from ASU: Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning (2004) and a Master of Business Administration from the School of Global Management and Leadership (2008).

Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
CFA allows me to help communities in their quest to become sustainable and prosperous.

What do you enjoy in your personal time?
In my personal time, I’m a singer, backpacker, kayaker, sometimes all at once!

Why do you love Arizona?
I love Arizona’s open spaces and trials, along with our 90 wilderness areas that offer unlimited exploration.


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