D.C.-Based Center for American Entrepreneurship Adds North Texas Innovation Leader to Its Board

Trey Bowles, managing director of Techstars' Physical Health Accelerator in Fort Worth, has been appointed as a new board member of the Washington, D.C., organization alongside two other national innovation leaders. The group is committed to educating policymakers on fostering entrepreneurship.

Trey Bowles, managing director of Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth Accelerator is one of three new members named to the board of directors of the Center for American Entrepreneurship at its annual meeting last month in Washington, D.C.

The other new members are Wendy Guillies, former president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, and Jewel Burks Solomon, managing partner of Collab Capital in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I am exceptionally honored to join the board of the Center for American Entrepreneurship,” Bowles said in a statement. “Based upon my decades as an entrepreneur and work building out ecosystems for inclusive entrepreneurship, I believe CAE is on the front lines of informing policy to make the United States the best place on the planet for entrepreneurs to start, build, and grow their companies.”

On his LinkedIn page, Bowles—a serial entrepreneur who co-founded the Dallas Entrepreneur Center—said: “We are joining an incredible group of leaders who prioritize entrepreneurs and working to help create and develop policy to make US second to none in the world for entrepreneurship. Under the incredible leadership of John Dearie and Katie Allen we are humbled to support them as they work with our country’s leaders to make entrepreneurship accessible, available, and successful for all of our citizens.”

CAE is a nonpartisan research, policy, and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to engage policymakers in Washington and across the nation regarding the critical importance of entrepreneurs and startups to innovation, economic growth, job creation, and expanding opportunity – and to pursue a comprehensive policy agenda intended to achieve a stronger, more resilient, and inclusive U.S. economy through thriving entrepreneurship.

“Extraordinary caliber of people”

“What makes CAE so special and effective as an organization is the extraordinary caliber of people involved in its leadership and committed to its mission,” Joni Cobb, chair of CAE’s board, said in a statement. “The addition of Trey Bowles, Wendy Guillies, and Jewel Burks Solomon continues that tradition of excellence. Each brings unique experience and expertise, as well as diverse geographic perspective, that will further strengthen the quality and credibility of CAE’s work with policymakers on behalf of America’s innovators.”

Guillies said that CAE is the only organization in Washington, D.C. focused exclusively on educating policymakers about how they can advance entrepreneurship, which she said is critical to the nation’s long-term prosperity.

Solomon said she was “thrilled” to be able to support the organization’s mission and “work to bridge gaps between entrepreneurs and the policy decisions that impact them and the companies they’re building.

CAE President Dearie said the three new board members will enhance the board.

“Leaders in their innovation communities”

“Trey, Wendy, and Jewel are towering leaders in their innovation communities, and I have admired their work and example for years,” Dearie said in a statement. “They are not only nationally recognized experts regarding the unique importance, vulnerabilities, and needs of startups, but are activists who have dedicated their careers to supporting American entrepreneurs. CAE is thrilled and very fortunate to welcome them to the board of directors to participate in our important ongoing work with Washington policymakers on behalf of American entrepreneurship.”

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