Dr. Nicole Bowman Biography

nicky head shot 2Dr. Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee) is the president and founder of the nationally award winning Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) in Shawano, Wisconsin. Nicole earned a PhD in 2015 in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), one the nation’s top education schools. Her dissertation was recognized as the first multi-jurisdictional educational policy study in the country to systemically examine how Tribal and non-Tribal educational policy is developed and implemented as public and Tribal governments intersect to educate Indigenous students attending K-12 public schools. Dr. Bowman also has an appointment at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Education Research. She serves as an evaluator for the LEAD Center and the WEC Center.

As BPC’s president, Dr. Bowman has led over two decades of culturally responsive and multi-jurisdictional evaluation, research, training and technical assistance. BPC’s living mission and motto is “working WITH people and not ON them,” reflecting Nicole’s leadership as a responsive and respected subject matter expert on multijurisdictional, education policy, and Indigenous evaluation. This authentic daily practice has helped BPC grow a loyal, diverse, and national client base of hundreds of Native and non-Native clients from all sectors: public, private, and non-profit. BPC is a trusted, collaborative, and innovative partner that provides effective, responsive, and relevant services. BPCs clients do not merely meet their evaluation goals, but build professional and organizational capacities, skills, and resources during the process.

Dr. Bowman’s practical, passionate, and effective leadership attributes resonate with and empower others at every level. She serves as an elected or appointed member on scientific, education, evaluation, and economic boards locally, nationally, and internationally. Nicole is currently an international board member representing the American Evaluation Association (AEA) in the EvalPartners’ global initiative to connect evaluation efforts around the world on the EvalIndigenous work group. She’s also the chair of AEAs Indigenous People in Evaluation, serves on five internal AEA work groups, is a trusted webinar and conference trainer, and was one of the founding board members of AEAs official state affiliate in Wisconsin for evaluation.

Nationally, Dr. Bowman has been affiliated with projects or professional activities conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, the National Indian Education Association, the Eastern Evaluation and Research Society, the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly, the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, American Institutes for Research, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and IMPAQ International, among many others. She’s also served as a reviewer for many respected academic journals, including the American Journal of Evaluation, New Directions in Evaluation, Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association Journal, and the Journal of American Indian Education. Dr. Bowman’s ongoing academic activities keep her current, competent, and caring across all aspects of her professional life.

At the state and local level, Dr. Bowman is a board member of Wisconsin’s Small Business Development Board, has served over a decade under two governors as a board appointee on the Wisconsin Women’s Council, served many years as a board member and education chair on Wisconsin’s American Indian Chamber of Commerce, and is a founding board member of the Menominee Indian Chamber of Commerce and Shawano Boys and Girls Club. Collectively, Dr. Bowman’s participation has been instrumental in shaping educational, academic, and economic policy as well as bringing evidence-based programming and opportunities to support underrepresented voices at all levels of her service. Culturally responsive, scientifically rigorous, and value added services are just a phone call or e-mail away.

You can contact Dr. Bowman directly to learn more at nicky@bpcwi.com, or (715) 526-9240, or nrbowmanfarr@wisc.edu.