Anna Marie Stowe CEO, Chief Investigator

Anna is the CEO of Downward Departure Specialists. She uses all her expertise, knowledge, and passion for helping her attorney clients build their case for lesser or alternative sentences. Her team of investigators is carefully and thoughtfully chosen to provide the right combination of work ethic, sensitivity, and experience. She values her team and creates a work environment that always puts her clients first and is open to continuous learning. Anna has first-rate training and access to the best experts to serve your cases. Anna has hundreds of continuing education hours in investigation-related subjects, including trauma-informed interviewing, background investigations, mining the dark web, and open-source intelligence. Anna earned her certificate as a Mitigation Specialist through the National Legal Aid Defense Association and the National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists. Anna grew up in the Sacramento Region of California. In 1986 Anna was hired by PG&E. For the next 15 years, Anna performed workplace investigations of sexual harassment, employee theft, due diligence, and conducted background investigations on new hires, including board members, while working within Human Resources as a Consultant. An interest in Restorative Justice inspired her to earn her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and before graduating, Anna left PG&E and founded Anna Stowe Investigations in 2000. She spent her first five years working on indigent criminal defense investigations, including death penalty qualified cases. Anna has conducted hundreds of criminal defense investigations with attorneys from all over California, the nation, and internationally. Considered an expert in Hispanic gangs, Anna spent 20 years working with immigrant and migrant families in Yolo County, California. She also worked with and volunteered her time with emotionally disturbed and mentally ill juveniles in Nevada County. Anna is currently serving as the District Director for the California Association of Licensed Investigators Sacramento District, where she actively mentors new investigators and has formed a Female Investigators Network. Anna has worked with California Public Defender offices in providing mitigation resources when the counties are unable to provide such specialized services. She is also creating a mitigation curriculum for Public Defenders to balance the scale between private representation and public and address racial and gender disparity in sentencing. Anna enjoys a life focused on compassion and hope. In her spare time, Anna regularly works with various animal rescue organizations, volunteers on the Board of her church, and loves to spend time with her family, including her four grandchildren