Dr. Barbara Bowie-Whitman is an economist and a retired Foreign Service Officer. She was educated at the College of William and Mary and Southern Methodist University and earned her doctorate in economics from the George Washington University.
Dr Bowie-Whitman was a Fulbright Scholar to Guatemala following the completion of her first master’s degree. She served in US Embassies in Mexico, Bogota and London, and was Economic Counselor to the US Mission to the Organization of American States. Her last position in government was as Trade Policy Coordinator for the Western Hemisphere in the US Department of State, where she served as the senior State Department negotiator on free trade agreements with 9 countries.
Barbara has been active in politics and community service and leadership for over six decades, beginning as an eleven year old who wrote a campaign song for Dwight Eisenhower. She was Miss National Young Republican in 1971. She is the widow of Lt.Col.John Whitman, an Army Airborne Ranger and military historian.
Barbara resides in Alexandria Virginia, and represented Virginia as a delegate to the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte,North Carolina.