Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling joined the Illinois Department of Insurance on July 1, 2015. Director Dowling previously served as Acting and Deputy Commissioner to the Connecticut Insurance Department. A former senior vice president at MassMutual, Dowling has more than 25 years of experience working in the financial services balanced with a long-term volunteer commitment to nonprofit and educational institutions.
In July 2014, Insurance Business America magazine named her one of the “50 Elite Women in Insurance,” highlighting her commitment to consumer protection and regulatory innovation.
While at MassMutual, she created an award-winning Women’s Market Initiative that expanded the marketing image into women’s markets and increased the number of female sales agents. A chartered financial analyst (CFA), Dowling also has held executive and management positions at Connecticut Mutual Life, Travelers Insurance and Aetna Life & Casualty.
With a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in fine arts and French literature, Dowling earned an MBA in finance, with a minor in real estate from Columbia University.
An active community volunteer, Dowling was president of the Hartford Public Library board and a corporator of the Wadsworth Atheneum. She is a past member of the Amherst College, UConn Foundation and Miss Porter’s School boards. Dowling also has volunteered with the 2010 World Youth Peace Summit; the United Way Campaign; St. Francis Hospital’s Women’s Service Advisory Board; First Book Hartford Literacy Program; and Reaching Home Leadership Council, an organization for permanent supportive housing.