Dawn's Biography

San Bernardino County Third District


A Southern California native, Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe was appointed to the Board of Supervisors in December 2018. Prior to serving on the Board, Dawn was a member of the Yucca Valley Town Council from 2010 to 2014, during which time she was selected by her peers to serve as Mayor.

Throughout the years, Dawn cemented her status as a leading voice within her desert community. From advocating for increased Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) access on public lands to eliminating burdensome regulations that stifle local economies, she is committed to making a difference.

Following the death of her husband, Marine Corps Capt. Alan Rowe, during combat operations in Iraq, Dawn became involved in land development to support her family. However, after experiencing a number of setbacks due to onerous land-use restrictions, Dawn worked alongside her local elected officials to find creative solutions for thoughtful development in her hometown. Her tenacity and determination caught the attention of then-Mayor Chad Mayes, who appointed her to the Yucca Valley Planning Commission (2008-2010). Eventually, she was elected to the Town Council by Yucca Valley residents and served one-term before stepping aside to spend more time with her two children, Blake and Caitlin.

Due to her exceptional community work within the Morongo Basin, Dawn was brought on to the staff of then-Assemblyman Paul Cook (AD-65) as a Field Representative in 2008. She transitioned to his Congressional staff in 2012 when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. As a Field Representative for Congressman Cook, Dawn was integral in negotiating a legislative solution that resulted in the protection of thousands of acres of popular OHV trails from closure due to the expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

Dawn received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Drake University and a Master of Science in Advertising from Northwestern University. She resides in Yucca Valley and continues to substitute teach for the Morongo Valley Unified School District when she can.