George Sowder was born in San Francisco and grew up in Bend, Oregon and St Paul, Minnesota. He attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland graduating with a bachelor’s degree in science in 1968. His primary career was as an auto mechanic, although he has tried his hand at many endeavors.
George joined the WMSWCD Board in 1999. He and his wife Judy Friedman have owned 20 acres of forest land in unincorporated Multnomah County since 1985, where they currently reside.
George has been active in the rural Northwest Skyline neighborhood since moving from Portland in 1971. He and another long time neighbor started what became the Skyline Ridge Neighbors (SRN) organization in response to development pressure during the early days of land use planning in Multnomah County. He remains active in the community as chair of SRN land use committee and is a member of the Skyline Grange.