Mary Dowell of Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc. announced on Monday that she will be retiring on April 30. Dowell has served as vice president of foundation affairs & global community relations since 2003.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked and served as the community representative on behalf of Johnson Controls,” Dowell said. “It’s an outstanding company that not only is in the community but part of the community. Through our foundations, sponsorships and employee engagement is how we try to create balance and give back to our community to make it a better place.”
Fraser Engerman, director of global media relations for Johnson Controls, said: “We thank Mary Dowell for her years of service to Johnson Controls and her commitment to the Milwaukee community. We wish her the best in retirement.”
Dowell joined Johnson Controls in 1996, originally as manager of staffing and diversity. Throughout her nearly 19 years at the company, she also worked as director of corporate human resources and diversity and director of community relations.
“I think I’ve done the things I’ve set out to do, and I’m very happy with where I am. Retirement is just another transition to continue my work in the community,” Dowell said. “What I’ll do forever is give back to the community. I love being part of that.”
Dowell currently serves on the boards of ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee Women Inc., and Visit Milwaukee. She is also a past president of Professional Dimensions and the Milwaukee Urban League, and she is the co-founder of U-PASS.
Additionally, Dowell serves on the United Way Women’s Leadership Councils, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, and she sits on the committee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s Sista Pride.
“Without Johnson Controls and this role, I would not have had the opportunity to go out into the community and do some of the things our organization has done,” Dowell said. “It’s been a very fruitful 19 years.”