Angela Dowd-Burton is an award-winning business professional with more than 25 years of diverse business experience and outreach within the community.
She has a talent for designing, building, and implementing innovative solutions resulting in efficient, high-performing organizations.
She is skilled at working with teams to distill complex challenges, prioritizing solutions, and executing integrated strategies to achieve extraordinary goals. Dowd-Burton has served in positions of increasing responsibility including global roles in finance, procurement, business development, commercial management, and government relations. She has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
On June 7, 2012, Dowd-Burton received the U.S. Small Business Administration 2012 Minority Business Champion of the Year Award.
In 2010, she was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve as Executive Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) for the City of Philadelphia. She is responsible for leveraging the business services of the Commerce Department to strengthen the capacity of small businesses to successfully contract with the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Since her appointment, OEO has increased the number of firms registered with the city by 50% and the value of contracts awarded to small businesses by 40%.
Dowd-Burton joined Rohm and Haas in 1990 after serving as Deputy Director of Finance and Procurement Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia (1984–1990). Prior to working in City government, she held financial and strategic planning positions at Sunoco and Mobil.
She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Drexel University LeBow College of Business. She is the subject of a regional promotion for the LeBow MBA. She is the former co-chair of the Women's Initiative of the United Way and a founding member and president of the Greater Philadelphia Women's Leadership Forum, connecting corporate leadership networks across the region. She has also served on the Girl Scouts Board Nominating Committee.
Dowd-Burton is a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association and served as vice president of operations on the national board, editor of the national newsletter, and president of the Philadelphia Chapter.
Past leadership roles include board member of the Delaware River City Corporation and The Enterprise Center, and chair of the board of The New Freedom Theatre.
Dowd-Burton has received numerous awards and acknowledgments including:
Dowd-Burton holds an MBA in finance and a B.S. degree in accounting from Drexel University. She is a frequent speaker on economic opportunity initiatives.
She is married and the mother of two sons.