A: Born in San Francisco and raised in Salinas, Edward M. Dowd was a native Californian with a passion for giving back to his community. After serving in the Air Force and graduating from Santa Clara University, Ed Dowd entered real estate investment, eventually founding his own property investment company and a bank in California. At age 47, his life changed drastically after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It was after his diagnosis, Ed Dowd became passionate about philanthropy and became more involved with supporting his community. Visit Our Founder page to learn more about his life and the impact he had on the Bay Area.