Angela Dowd-Burton is an award winning business professional with over twenty-five years of diverse business experience and public service. She has served in global roles in finance, procurement, business development, and government relations.
Angela served as president of the Women’s Business Development Center and Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ until June 2017. She executed a transition process with the founder of the WBDC, an organization established in 1995 with an SBA grant to support, develop, and grow women entrepreneurs. The WBDC joined the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council in 2000 and is responsible for the certification of 1200 women owned business enterprises and building supplier diversity programs.
In 2010, Angela was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter and reappointed by Mayor Jim Kenney to serve as Deputy Director of Commerce for the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in Philadelphia. She leveraged 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. During her appointment, disadvantaged businesses increased registration with the city by more than 91% and were awarded 30% of city contract dollars.
Angela has held positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors including: Dow Chemical, Rohm and Haas, Sunoco, Mobil, City of Philadelphia, and the Women’s Business Development Center.
Angela currently serves on the Drexel University LeBow College of Business Advisory Board, the Cabrini College Board of Trustees, the Women’s Leadership Forum Advisory Board and the National Black MBA Association Philadelphia Chapter Advisory Board. She is a former chair of the Philadelphia City Council Economic Opportunity Review Committee, co-chair of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way responsible for developing the Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Program. Angela is founder and past president of the Women’s Leadership Forum of Greater Philadelphia, connecting corporate networks that empower and expand the professional growth and contribution of women. She also served on the Girl Scouts Board of Directors Nominating Committee.
Angela 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 also include: board member of the Delaware River City Corporation, The Enterprise Center and chair of the Board for Freedom Theatre.
Dowd-Burton has received numerous awards and acknowledgments including: a 2016 Citation from Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Commerce Department; induction into the Drexel 100 Alumni Hall of Fame 2015; Asian-American Chamber of Commerce Small Business Champion 2015; U.S. Small Business Administration Minority Business Champion of the Year Award 2013; the Women’s Business Enterprise Council of PA-DE-sNJ Shining Star Award; featured in the LeBow MBA marketing promotion, “Dedicated, Driven and Decisive”; Drexel University Harriet E. Worrell Award; Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction Award; two Rohm and Haas Vice President’s Awards; The Philadelphia Bowl presented by Mayor W. W. Goode; Drexel University Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Award; West Philadelphia Catholic Prep High School Hall of Fame; Dollars & Sense Magazine Best and Brightest Business Professional; National Black MBA Association’s H. Naylor Fitzhugh Award of Relevance and Philadelphia Chapter Member of the Year 2011.
Angela holds an MBA in finance and a B.S. degree in accounting from Drexel University.