Pat Dowell is a lifelong public servant. She has served as a social worker, a city planner, an administrator of several large and small not-for-profits, and a university instructor.
Since 2007, she has served as the Alderman of the 3rd Ward of Chicago. She is the Chair of the Chicago City Council Budget Committee.
Dowell was a significant catalyst for the rebirth of the historic Bronzeville community that occurred in the 1990s. She has an extensive background in urban planning and community development and was one of the primary architects of the Bronzeville Development Plan.
Formerly, Ms. Dowell was the executive director of the Near West Side Community Development Corporation, the Mid-South Planning and Development Commission, and Chicago Public Allies, a national youth development organization.
Pat Dowell is the proud mother of an adult son and a longtime Bronzeville resident. As a college basketball star, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology from The University of Rochester and her master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Dowell owns a scrappy Yorkshire Terrier named Toots and is an avid Chicago Bulls Fan.
While she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling – what she is truly passionate about is helping to serve the needs of her constituents.
Alderman Jason Ervin, the Chairman of the Black Caucus of the Chicago City Council, today announced his support for Alderman Pat Dowell’s candidacy for Illinois Secretary of State.
“Alderman Pat Dowell is one of the most hardworking and conscientious members of the Chicago City Council,” said Alderman Jason Ervin. “She champions the needs of African Americans while making sure that all of her constituents are respected and protected. We have worked together for more than a decade. She is smart and focused and gets the job the done.”
“When Alderman Pat Dowell is Secretary of State, Illinoisans will have a Secretary of State that is a true public servant,” Ervin added.
“Helping and serving people has always been my top priority. I appreciate Alderman Ervin recognizing that and supporting my candidacy,” said Alderman Pat Dowell. “My goal is to innovate what the office can do, and provide the residents of Illinois with the best services possible. That’s my focus -- not on using the office as a personal steppingstone to advance my career.”
“The Secretary of State provides vital services to the people of Illinois,” added Dowell. “Jesse White has given a lifetime of service to our community and state; I look forward to building on the foundation of quality service and programs created by Secretary White. And I will look to innovate this office for the future.