Mollie Dowling, Executive Director of OAI, Inc., holds a MA in Community Development from North Park University and has a passion for creative social change that has grown over 19 years of experience leading large-scale employment and training programs.
Dowling has managed a variety of complex federal, state, and private workforce development initiatives serving employers and aligning with regional economic development efforts as well as low-income adults and youth. She is committed to fostering a mission-based and value-driven team environment that centers equity and inclusion.
She launched High Bridge, L3C as a social enterprise of OAI, aimed at creating employment opportunities through the installation and maintenance of green infrastructure. Dowling serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Jobs Council, the Muslim Women’s Resource Center, and Wisdom Projects, Inc. and co-chairs the Leadership Committee of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council.
Dowling is a 2021 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and a 2017 Fellow of the Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago. She is a new mom, a beekeeper, an avid runner and vegetarian home cook.
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OAI is a national leader in workforce development and health and safety training. They collaborate with community organizations, worker groups, and employers in more than 20 states in a range of sectors. Their regional development initiative in Chicago’s south suburbs includes an independent social enterprise—High Bridge L3C—as well as a community maker lab.