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Joan Lowden has owned Lowden Business Solutions since 1993, offering custom Filemaker database consulting, design, development, project management and training services to a variety of organizations.

Prior to founding her consulting firm, Joan spent over 10 years working in corporate finance. As Financial Controller at Apple Computer, she spent most of her tenure working abroad, managing financial system projects in the US, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Joan received her MS degree in Economics, with emphasis on the study of economic development in Latin America, from the London School of Economics. She has a BS degree in Business Administration, with emphasis on Finance, from California State University, Long Beach.

An advocate of volunteerism, Joan has logged over 1,000 hours as a docent naturalist and providing database support for the California State Parks (Ano Nuevo State Reserve and Natural Bridges State Park).

She has served two terms on the board of New Music Works, and three years on the board of the Cabrillo Music Festival, according to the Wall Street Journal, "Two of the most thoughtful and original summer musical weekends anywhere in America".

Joan provides database support for the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, and was profiled in their calendar - see Kuumbwa Profile.


A jazz lover (and amateur bass player), Joan regularly plays bass in the Santa Cruz area with the swing band Jazz by Five and the all-women bluegrass band, the Black Eyed Susies.