Lowery McNeal, a native of Trussville, AL, graduated cum laude from Auburn University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in History as well as a minor in Community and Civic Engagement. While at Auburn, Lowery served as a Peer Advisor for the History Department and College of Liberal Arts, and was involved in several university-based volunteer programs that served the Auburn-Opelika area. ¬†Throughout her time at Auburn, Lowery also worked closely with the university’s Community and Civic Engagement Institute, working on projects in Tuskegee, Auburn, and Appalachian Tennessee, and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life. In 2014, she was chosen to serve as a Living Democracy Fellow and Mathews Center intern. As part of the Living Democracy program, Lowery lived in Selma, AL, during the summer of 2014. While there, she worked on several outreach projects with various community partners and wrote articles for al.com and other news publications, all while living in a historic, haunted house. After her time with Impact, Lowery hopes to attend graduate school and continue to work in the non-profit field.

What do you wish you could have studied more in school?

If I had not studied history in school, I may have attended culinary school. I love to cook and learn about cultures and their cuisines. I am also addicted to Food Network.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love adventure and travel and hope to study for a pilot’s license one day. I also love playing and listening to music, and I’m glad to be back in Birmingham to enjoy the city’s great music and arts scene.