William K. Bowes, Jr.


Honorary Member (In Memoriam)

William K. Bowes, Jr. had three careers – each somehow leading to the next. After twenty-five years of investment banking in San Francisco, he founded U.S. Venture Partners in 1981, providing him with the opportunity to help create initiatives at their earliest stage. “Venture Philanthropy” followed naturally and included “start-ups”; financing initiatives inside established institutions; and larger “transformative” investments in institutions, including the United Religions Initiative. The following board and advisory council assignments are indicative of areas of interest: the University of California, San Francisco Foundation, Exploratorium, Grace Cathedral, Environmental Defense Fund, Stanford’s Bio-X, Asian Art Museum, QB3, Institute for Systems Biology, San Francisco Jazz, Xoma Corporation, Creative Capital, Harvard Business School Visiting Committee, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mr. Bowes passed in 2015, and is survived by his wife, Ute Conchita Bowes.