Pat Dowell was elected 3rd Ward Alderman in 2007. She represents the communities of the South Loop, Bronzeville, Fuller Park, and Washington Park. Prior to becoming an Alderman, she served as a City Planner and Deputy Commissioner for Neighborhood Planning for the City of Chicago. She was also Executive Director for several non-profits including the Near West Side Community Development Corporation, the Mid-South Planning and Development Commission and Public Allies. Pat has a B.A. degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Rochester and a M.A. Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. In the City Council , she has passed significant legislation and serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Human Relations.
What is your favorite way to unwind and relax?
An Alderman’s job is all consuming and I rarely have time to relax and unwind. I enjoy, however, the solitude of my home and I relax by playing with my dog Toots or catching up on the news or one of my favorite television shows with a glass of red wine. During basketball season, you can catch me at a Bulls home game and during the summer months, I love to take road trips or visit a tropical country.
What do you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
In January 2017, I made the decision to eat healthier. I’ve given up red meat, chicken, eggs and dairy products and my energy level has increased significantly. As a former college basketball player, I know that exercise is most important, but I haven’t made working out a priority in my adult life. I intend on using the walking track near my home when the weather improves.
Do you have a motivational quote or mantra that comes to mind during an unusually stressful day at work?
The Holy Bible is comfort to me during times of stress and I always lean on Philippians 4:6-8 which says: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let our requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Is there anything that you do on Sunday afternoon/evening to prepare yourself for the work week?
After church services on Sunday, I like to prepare an elaborate dinner that will yield leftovers for at least two days of the work week when my schedule extends past 7pm. I also spend time reviewing my emails, Facebook or Twitter to make sure I’ve responded to certain questions or posts. I hate starting off the work week with loose ends.