Patrick’s Bio

Dowd 2012-010 High Resolution

Patrick Dowd is currently serving his second term as a Member of Pittsburgh City Council and serves as chairman of the Council’s Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, which is responsible for legislation dealing with the City, its Authorities, the Pittsburgh Schools, Allegheny County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government.

As a member of Council, Patrick also serves on a number of boards, including the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Riverlife, the Pittsburgh Zoological Society and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.

Since taking office, Patrick has worked to build coalitions around major policy changes. In 2009, Patrick was one of the founding members of CONNECT, which represents the City of Pittsburgh and its 35 adjacent municipalities. For too long the City and its neighbors had failed to work collaboratively. Since its creation, CONNECT has served as a forum for discussion and debate for these municipal leaders and has fostered a growing sense of shared destiny. Since then, Patrick led the effort to build a coalition to save the City’s pensions, the effort to establish a dedicated funding stream for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the effort to reform the operations and management of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

Patrick’s tenure on the Pittsburgh Board of Education was marked by coalition building and radical reform that included the hiring of Mark Roosevelt as superintendent, the creation of a major academic reform agenda, the closing of dozens of under-utilized schools, the restructuring of the administration and the creation of the Pittsburgh Promise. Patrick was also the primary architect of the superintendent’s accountability contract.

Patrick is 45 years old and the father of five. He and his family live in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood. Patrick came to Pittsburgh in 1991 and earned his Doctorate in European Intellectual History at the University of Pittsburgh. Before starting on City Council, Patrick taught history at the high school level.

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