Brownie Newman

Partner and Founder, Headwaters Solar and Riverside Solar, 2015-present
Partner and Vice-President, FLS Energy, 2008-2015

Buncombe County Commission Chairman, 2016 – present.

Buncombe County Commission, District 1, 2012-2016

Board Member, Metropolitan Planning Organization, 2012 – present

Asheville City Council, 2003- 2009; Mayor Pro Tem, 2009-2011

  • Chair of Finance Committee, 2007-2009
  • Chair of Housing and Community Development Committee, 2009-2011
  • Metropolitan Sewerage District board of directors, 2007-2009
  • Asheville Regional Airport board of directors, 2009-2012

Political Director, Conservation Council of North Carolina 2003-2008
Executive Director, Western North Carolina Alliance, 1997-2003
Executive Director, Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project, 1993-1997


BA, History and Political Science, Warren Wilson College
Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership

Volunteer and Community Involvement

Past President, Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods
Founding Board Member, NC Conservation Network


Married to Beth Newman since 2002.
Beth is a native of LaGrange, Georgia.

Two children: Tess and Lizzy
Hobbies: Hiking, gardening, cooking