As a project manager with Van Acker Construction Associates in Mill Valley, California, Covey Cowan oversees the building of high-end residential properties. Before joining Van Acker, Covey Cowan founded and operated his own business, Seneca Builder, where he oversaw a staff of 40 professionals focused on high-end residential contracts. His background also includes founding and running another high-end construction firm, Cowan Construction Company.

Engaged in his community, Covey Cowan has drawn on his professional skills to benefit such nonprofits as the Hidden Villa Foundation, which he assisted in the construction of a youth hostel. He has also provided support to the Center for Attitudinal Healing and raised funds for a school library serving students in Mexico.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Cowan enjoys pursuing such activities as mountain biking and hiking in his free time. He also meditates, a practice he has engaged in for more than four decades. For entertainment, he enjoys reading nonfiction titles on a range of topics, including comparative religion and neuroscience.