Robert E. Wagner
Anne Melissa Dowling
Acting Director

Illinois
(Midwest Zone)

Illinois Department of Insurance
320 W. Washington Street, 4th Floor
Springfield, Illinois 62767-0001
Phone: 217.782.4515
Fax: 217.782.5020

Chicago Office
Illinois Department of Insurance
122 S. Michigan Avenue, 19th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: 312.814.2420
Fax: 312.814.5416


Anne Melissa Dowling, CFA, was appointed the Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI) by Governor Bruce Rauner on July 1, 2015. She has served for four years working in leadership positions for state insurance departments in Connecticut and now Illinois after 25 years in the private sector.

At the NAIC, Dowling is involved on the Government Relations (EX) Leadership Council, the Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force, the Property and Casualty Insurance (C) Committee and the Financial Condition (E) Committee. She is honored by the opportunity to contribute to the growth and innovation underway in the insurance industry in the state of Illinois and nationally.

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.

Prior to her regulatory work, Dowling was a senior vice president at MassMutual, where she built the institutional insurance business to more than $12 billion in annual revenue and created an award-winning Women's Markets Initiative, which contributed to an increased number of female sales agents, sales materials and approaches geared toward women. She served as chief investment officer at Connecticut Mutual and held positions in investments and treasury functions at Aetna Life & Casualty and Travelers Insurance.

Dowling is and has been active in governance roles on numerous nonprofit boards focusing on education and literacy, as well as for-profit boards, including the Hartford Public Library board (Executive Committee and chair of Financial Health Committee, past-president).She is a past member of the Amherst College, University of Connecticut Foundation and Miss Porter’s School boards, as well as a past corporator of the Wadsworth Atheneum. Dowling also has volunteered with the 2010 World Youth Peace Summit; the Conecticut 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.

Dowling earned her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and an MBA in finance from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University, and she holds the CFA Institute’s Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.