Rory Bowman

Rory Bowman

Consultant, Trainer, Project Manager

Portland, Oregon Area
Information Technology and Services

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Rory Bowman's Overview

  • Freelance Sophist at Self-Unemployed
  • Executive Director at ManKind Project Northwest
  • Macintosh Consultant at MacRory.Com
  • Contract Project Manager at

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Rory Bowman's Summary

Macintosh expert, Reed College graduate, former elementary-school teacher, small business owner and advisor. Currently working on a sabbatical of study and service in 2014.

Rory Bowman's Experience

Freelance Sophist


January 2014Present (10 months)

Sophists were the consultants of classical Greece, providing subject-matter expertise and general counsel across a variety of topics to best meet the needs of their clients. After shutting down Thrasymachus Corporation in August, I am currently working as a sole proprietor with a few of my former consulting clients and taking on other temporary and short-term projects as I work on a sabbatical of study and service for 2014.

Executive Director

ManKind Project Northwest

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Professional Training & Coaching industry

August 2012December 2013 (1 year 5 months) Portland, Oregon Area

Executive director for a fifteen-year-old nonprofit with primary responsibility for six-figure annual budget and all operations during major restructuring. Co-created and streamlined a centralized communication plan with regular status meetings. Used "lean" principles to narrow focus on fundamental tasks and "open book" techniques to simplify and convey budget process more cleanly. Helped reduce personnel expenses by nearly half, mobilizing dozens of volunteer staff, coordinated across two states. Was part of a dynamic outreach team, whose volunteers tripled the number of outreach events to completely fill almost all of our flagship trainings while shepherding the organization toward final merger into a larger, national structure.

Macintosh Consultant


August 1998August 2013 (15 years 1 month)

Founded own business as a contract technical writer in 1998, just as release of the iMac and OS X created opportunities for someone with Macintosh and Unix experience. Changed company name from to, then incorporated in 2003 as Thrasymachus Corporation to bring on employees and function as a small-business incubator. Specializing in integration of systems for non-profits, individuals, small and micro-businesses, my primary job was to serve as IT department and small business advisor to people using Mac OS computers. I helped make sure that hardware, software, people and business processes all worked together to increase pleasure, decrease frustration and improve productivity.

Unhappy with changes in the direction of the industry, I gave one year's notice and chose to shut down my corporation fifteen years to the day after my first business license, having supported thousands of users at hundreds of locations. In all that time I never lied to or hurt anyone for money, and never turned anyone away for inability to pay. It was an honor to have served and had the trust of so many kind and interesting people.

Contract Project Manager

October 1999February 2000 (5 months)

Contract technical writer and project manager, covering key accounts for woman on maternity leave during transition from InfoSeek to Go.Com after purchase by Disney corporation, primarily in Content Services.


Vancouver School District

August 1996August 1998 (2 years 1 month)

Sixth-grade teacher at Gaiser Middle School, team-teaching standard sixth grade one year and in the Challenge program for gifted and talented students. Special emphasis on Visual Math program and Junior Great Books, with an interest in hands-on science, cross-disciplinary social studies and integration of the writing process across the curriculum.

Community Safety Officer

Reed College

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

1991June 1996 (5 years)

Worked as dispatcher then as Community Safety Officer within security department for a residential, private liberal arts college. Obtained a degree in criminal justice as I trained for a supervisory position, including work as crime prevention officer and bringing department into compliance with national Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (now known as the Clery Act).

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Primary/Secondary Education industry

July 1990June 1991 (1 year)

Fifth-grade teacher at McDonogh #19 in New Orleans' lower ninth ward. Charter member of Teach for America program, having completed student teacher training in Los Angeles Unified School District at Betty Plasencia Elementary near Echo Park.

Rory Bowman's Skills & Expertise

  1. Training
  2. OS X
  3. Mac OS
  4. Nonprofits
  5. Non-profits
  6. Technical Support
  7. Public Speaking
  8. Troubleshooting
  9. Workshop Facilitation
  10. Cloud Computing
  11. Management
  12. Technical Writing
  13. Project Management
  14. Integration
  15. Small Business
  16. Teaching
  17. Google Apps
  18. Conflict Management
  19. Conflict Resolution
  20. FileMaker
  21. Volunteer Management
  22. WordPress
  23. Organizational Development
  24. Content Management
  25. Writing
  26. Adobe Creative Suite
  27. Network Administration
  28. Team Facilitation
  29. Strategic Planning
  30. Time Management
  31. Policy
  32. Business Process
  33. Microsoft Office
  34. Google Docs
  35. Leading Meetings
  36. Board Governance
  37. Research
  38. Operations Management

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Rory Bowman's Certifications

  • Certified Macintosh Technician

    • Apple
    • September 1999
  • Certified PowerBook Technician

    • Apple
    • September 1999
  • Apple Product Professional

    • Apple
    • October 1999 to December 2003
  • Apple Solution Expert

    • Apple
    • March 2000 to March 2002
  • Apple Certified Desktop Technician (ACDT)

    • Apple
    • June 2003 to June 2005
  • Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist (ACHDS) 10.3

    • Apple
  • Senior Member

    • Society for Technical Communication
    • January 2009 to January 2011
  • Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) 10.6

    • Apple
    • November 2009 to May 2012
  • Apple Consultants Network

    • Apple
    • License Charter Member
    • May 2002 to July 2012
  • ISA Certified Arborist

    • International Society of Arboriculture
    • License PN-7885A
    • September 2014 to December 2017

Rory Bowman's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Board Member, Volunteer

      American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      January 2009 present (5 years 10 months)

      Initially elected to the state-level board in 2008, participating in various oversight and development tasks, including member relations for southwest Washington, annual fund campaign and public outreach events. Re-elected to the state board in 2011. Chapter coordinator for Clark County 2009-2010.

    • Crew Leader, Summer Inspector, Pruning Team

      Friends of Trees
      • Environment
      November 2010 present (4 years)

      Assist in public education around issues of urban forestry, helping coordinate and supervise groups of volunteers in planting trees and homeowners in maintaining them. Also trained as a volunteer with the City of Vancouver "Neighborwoods" program. Miscellaneous gruntwork and team leads with Neighborwoods, Urban Abundance and Clark PUD Stream Team programs. International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist PN-7885A since 2014.

    • Tree Care Team

      Portland Fruit Tree Project
      • Health
      January 2014 present (10 months)

      "Money doesn't grow on trees, but fruit does." Basic pruning and arboriculture within urban areas to establish and improve productivity of existing fruit trees and small orchards. Owner education and community harvest of improved fruit for neighborhood food pantries.

    • Mediation Trainee

      Community Mediation Services
      • Social Services
      January 2014 present (10 months)

      Completed forty-hour "basic conflict resolution and mediation skills" training in 2013. Beginning mediation observations and apprenticeship in 2014 toward possible certification as an RCW 7.75 mediator.

    • Volunteer

      Mankind Project Northwest
      • Education
      June 2003 present (11 years 5 months)

      The ManKind Project is an international non-profit, "an order of men called to reclaim the sacred masculine for our time through initiation, training and action in the world." Volunteer and help organize peer support groups for men around issues of gender, mature masculinity and psychological health. Staff structured trainings, lead small-group trainings and hold a variety of more open-ended public events. Assisted with planning around structural changes to bylaws and corporate governance for this ORS 65 non-profit corporation 2009-2011. Corporate secretary 2012-2013.

    • Board Member, Instructor, Volunteer

      Portland Macintosh Users Group
      • Education
      October 1998 October 2010 (12 years 1 month)

      Various volunteer positions over the years including board positions as President, Vice President, Secretary and Member at Large. Served as "PMUG College dean" to design curriculum and oversee a faculty of volunteer instructors during the transition to OS X. Frequent presenter at statewide "Mac Camp" conferences on a wide variety of topics and programs.

    • Interim Board Member

      Vancouver Food Cooperative
      • Economic Empowerment
      October 2006 February 2008 (1 year 5 months)

      Interim board member for this RCW 24.06 corporation during crucial planning and legal changes to issue member shares. Key tasks included article changes, basic road map and public information campaign using (then new) blog technology for CMS and public outreach. Helped lay the legal and social groundwork for a very successful, initial membership drive.

    • Board Member

      Sweet Science Boxing Cooperative
      • Health
      January 2007 October 2007 (10 months)

      In an unusual act of social entrepreneurship, quickly formed an ORS 62 cooperative to buy and maintain a woman-positive boxing gym in North Portland's Kenton neighborhood, keeping it open so that it could make an orderly transition to a more conventional business structure.

    • Team Lead for Southwest Washington

      Washington Families Standing Together
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      September 2009 November 2009 (3 months)

      Team lead for southwest Washington during the breakneck campaign to approve Referendum 71 on domestic partnerships for same-sex and elderly couples in Washington state. Reported to the state field director and managed outreach to local media, including broadcast radio and newspaper editorials. Used Google Group and blog technology to coordinate and mobilize a diverse and highly motivated collection of volunteers, churches and other organizations. Helped improve 2009 electoral margin in Clark county by an estimated 7 percentage points for statewide win: the first time an electorate had supported full GLBT domestic partnership rights in the United States.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Education
      • Environment
      • Health
    • Organizations I support:

      • ACLU
      • Alberta Cooperative Grocery
      • Amnesty International
      • Electronic Frontier Foundation
      • KBOO-FM
      • NAACP
      • Oregon Tilth
      • YWCA

Rory Bowman's Education

Reed College

BA, Philosophy, Classics


Philosophy major with a classics problem. Coursework included humanities, psychology, ecological botany, German, Latin and Greek. Other activities included Amnesty International, Deep Ecology Study Group, Paideia, Reed Men's Circle, Quest, Student Handbook, Grounds Crew, Night Bus.

Washington State University

Masters in Teaching Program


Member of the 1996 cohort for the Washington State University Vancouver Master in Teaching program, with internship and research in the Vancouver School District, leading to K8 elementary certification.

Clark College

AAS, Criminal Justice


Perfect 4.0 GPA within department. Special emphasis in private security for a residential college campus, including anti-violence education and crime prevention.

Portland State University

Women's Studies


Post-bacc courses in women's studies with a special emphasis on women's spirituality, therapeutic writing and issues of social and physical violence.

Rory Bowman's Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

CURRENT, American Classical League, International Society of Arboriculture. FORMER, Washington Mediation Association, Apple Consultants Network, Project Management Institute, Society for Technical Communication, Apple Certification Alliance, Apple Product Professionals, Portland Macintosh Users Group, Straight Blast Gym Instructor Candidate Course, US Judo Federation, USA Boxing, National Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, Vancouver Education Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association, International Reading Association, National Council for the Social Studies, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Honors and Awards:

2008 Senior Member 75512 Society for Technical Communication; Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington; Board Secretary, Vancouver Food Cooperative, 2006-2008; Former President, Vice President and Secretary of Portland Macintosh Users Group; Past Vice President, AppleVan Association; Past President for Portland chapter of Reed College Alumni Association, Reed College Alumni Association board.

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