A Trusted, Proven Leader
With extensive experience in community development and civic engagement, Pat Dowell was elected Alderman of the Third Ward of Chicago in 2007. She has remained committed to building every part of her community block by block, making sure that all the constituent of the 3rd Ward have access to quality school options, safe neighborhoods, and thriving businesses.
Alderman 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 Bulls Fan. While she enjoys reading, cooking and traveling – what she is truly passionate about is helping to serve the needs of her constituents as Alderman.
Focused on our Community
Since being elected in 2007, Alderman Dowell has been consistently focused on constituent engagement, community-based development, and transparency. Alderman Dowell maintains a regular presence throughout the Third Ward’s diverse communities to ensure everyone’s interests are represented. She hosts and attends monthly public meetings, holds a no appointment Ward night weekly on Thursdays (6pm -8pm), and constantly responds to constituent concerns over social media.
Additionally, Alderman Dowell distributes a monthly newsletter to keep people informed about the resources, initiatives and events related to the Third Ward community. She understands that this level of engagement helps guide and shape the decisions she makes for the benefit of the residents of the Third Ward and City of Chicago.