Owen Gow


  • Assistant Director, Extreme Heat Initiative

Owen Gow is an assistant director at the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, where he works in project delivery for Arsht-Rock’s Extreme Heat Initiative. He joined the Arsht-Rock team in early 2020 and assisted with the launch of the Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance (EHRA), the broader expansion of the Extreme Heat Initiative, and Arsht-Rock’s Humanitarian Initiative. In his current position, he supports the Extreme Heat Initiative’s strategy and operations across the work of EHRA and the Heat Wave Naming and Categorizing initiative, as well as city partnerships. 

Gow has held previous positions at several humanitarian organizations and think tanks including the Migration Policy Institute, Mercy Corps, and the International Rescue Committee. Prior to that, Gow worked on several political campaigns in Oregon before moving to Washington, DC. In October 2021, he co-published Deploying Distributed Renewable Energy to Reduce the Impacts of Extreme Heat on the Urban Poor. 

Gow holds a bachelor of arts in anthropology from Willamette University in Salem, OR.