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Patrick Dowd
Executive Director

Since approximately one in five children and youth in our region live in poverty and almost 50 percent wake up every day under low-income conditions, I knew I had to do something about it. Those children are starting their life–starting their experience with us–without the things they need in order to succeed.

Patrick Dowd, Ph.D, works to help children across Allegheny County succeed in life by serving as the inaugural executive director of Allies for Children, a child advocacy nonprofit dedicated to being a bold voice for policy changes that improve the lives of children.

Prior to that, Patrick served as a local elected official for almost a decade. On the Pittsburgh Board of Education, he helped build a strong coalition that ushered in an era of robust education reform that focused on academic excellence and accountability. He later was elected to the Pittsburgh City Council, where he chaired the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for legislation worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Again, he helped build coalitions to advance policies. Before serving as a full-time elected official, he taught high school history and economics. He is a life trustee of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Read his résumé in its entirety here.