Community Members Serve as Eyes, Ears and Mouth for Dow

The mission of the Dow Pittsburg Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is to actively promote a mutually beneficial relationship between the communities surrounding the Dow Pittsburg facility and the company through ongoing interaction, supporting shared goals and dedication to identifying and resolving issues of concern.

More than a dozen community members meet monthly to advise Dow on things happening in the community, to learn about activities taking place at Dow that may have an impact on the community and receive updates on the safety, security and environmental efforts underway at Dow Pittsburg.

Members of the Dow Pittsburg CAP

Our current members reside throughout the East County region and are as varied in activities as they are in geography. From left to right, we are pleased to introduce the following:

Michele Copeland (Antioch) - American Trophies & Awards

Tom Stewart (Martinez) - CAP Facilitator, Dynamic Networking

Marina Gottschalk (Martinez) - CAP Scribe, Dynamic Networking

Freddy Ripoli (Pittsburg) - USS POSCO Industries

Balaji Venkataraman (Pittsburg) - Dow Pittsburg Site Leader

Randy Fischback (Pittsburg) - Dow Employee

David Wahl (Pittsburg) - Los Medanos Community College

Steve Albanese (Pittsburg) - Pittsburg Police Dept.

Not Pictured:

Lupe Lopez Garcia (Bay Point) - Bay Point Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) and the Bay Point CAP

Theresa Miller (Pittsburg) - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator for East County

Minh Q. Nguyen (Oakley) - Bank of the West

Angela Lowrey (Pittsburg) - Delta Diablo

Stephanie Marple (Antioch) - Deer Valley High School

The Dow CAP Competitive Grant Program

As part of Dow's charitable giving – knowing that our CAP members have close ties within the community – the CAP is given funds each year to assist local non-profits with grant monies. The competitive process usually begins in July, with applications due in late September and the grant money being distributed in late October. The focus of their grants can change from year to year, but typically focuses on STEM-related education, workforce development and protecting the environment.


2018 Community Grant Program Timeline

August 1

Application opens; notifications mailed

September 30

Deadline for submissions *Applications must be submitted online. Faxed, e-mailed and mailed applications are not acceptable.

November 13

Dow notifies grant awardees

December - January

Grant monies delivered


Grant recipients honored at CAP Holiday Dinner

April - August 2018

Grant Recipients report to CAP

The Dow Community Grant Application is available and must be submitted online at the link will go live on August 1st and applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on September 30, 2018.

For questions about the CAP Grant Program, please contact Taylor Gonzalez at