Barbara J. McGowan

Title: Commissioner, Vice President
Company: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Location:  Chicago, Illinois, United States


  • 29th Ward Democratic Community Organization
  • 37th Ward Community Organization (executive member, 2017-Present)
  • Christopher Taliaferro Campaign
  • Congressman Danny K. Davis Organization
  • Crook County Democratic Women
  • Emma Mitts of Jesus, The Visionary Mission
  • Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO)
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago (Founder, MWRD Black History Month Program)
  • Political Campaigns, local and national (President Barack Obama, President William Clinton, and Vice President Al Gore)
  • The Chicago Westside Branch, NAACP
  • West Minister Coalition
  • West Side Black Executive Officials


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2021)
  • Inductee, “Who’s Who of Professional Women, Marquis Who’s Who (2021)
  • Inductee, National Civil Rights Hall of Fame (2020)
  • Top Ladies of Distinction Sparkling Jewels Humanitarian Award, servicing youth and adults (2018)
  • Danny K. Davis Outstanding Leadership Award (2017)
  • Recipient, Women History Month Celebration Award (2015)
  • Recipient, Women of Excellence Award, Chicago Defender Newspaper (2015)
  • Inductee, John Marshall High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame (2013)
  • President’s Award, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (2012)
  • Suburban Minority Contractors Millennium Builders Award (2012)
  • Public Service Award, Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce (2009)
  • Westside Ministers Coalition Outstanding Service in the Community Award (2009, 2005)
  • Public Services Award, African American Contractors Association (2007)
  • Public Service Award, Federation of Women Contractors (2006)
  • Austin Chamber of Commerce Better Business Award
  • Austin Voice Newspaper Walmart Community Builder’s Award for Outstanding Public Service
  • Chicago Park District Teen Leadership Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Coalition for United Community Force Affirmative Action Advocate of the Year Graduate Award
  • Cook County Democratic HERO Award
  • Inspiration Award, Westside Women of Wisdom
  • MWRD Trailblazer Award for Continued Commitment to Diversity and Inclusive Opportunity
  • Trailblazer Award, National Council of Negro Women Chicago

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