For the past 40-plus years Dr. Bonnie Dowdy has worked as a consultant, educator, group facilitator, researcher, and program designer/evaluator. She has advocated for honest conversation about difficult social and cultural issues, for an increased awareness of the essential role of diversity in organizations and communities, and for the importance of evaluation in advancing program development and mission integrity. For 12 years she served as training coordinator, teacher, facilitator, and volunteer at Boaz and Ruth, a reentry and community development program in Highland Park. Prior to full time work with Boaz and Ruth, she was the Director of Hope in the Cities’ Connecting Communities Fellowship Program, an intensive skill-building program for community change agents. She continues to serve on their Community Advisory Board. Bonnie has taught high school through graduate school students; conducted program design and evaluation projects for government, business, church, and nonprofit organizations such as Jewish Women’s International and Virginia Governor’s PASS Initiative; and served as a consultant dealing with cultural diversity issues in international and local settings.
Bonnie graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a PhD in Developmental Psychology, from Duke University with a MA in English Literature, and from St. Norbert College with a BA in English. Bonnie trained at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s Organization and Systems Development Program, with the National Coalition Building Institute, and at Harvard University’s Immunity to Change program. Bonnie currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Mel, where she enjoys reading, photography, traveling, and being a grandparent.