Michael J. Dowling, FirstEnergy

TITLE: Senior Vice President, External Affairs

FOCUS AREAS: STEM education

CONTACT: (330) 384-5022

PROFILE: Michael (Mike) Dowling is senior vice president of External Affairs for FirstEnergy, which includes oversight of its Community Involvement program, through which FirstEnergy's STEM grants to classrooms is made. His bio on the corporation's website reads:

Mike Dowling is responsible for FirstEnergy’s local, state and federal Government Affairs; State Regulatory Affairs and Market Policy, Corporate Communications; Economic Development; Corporate Affairs and Community Involvement, and the FirstEnergy Political Action Committee.

Dowling joined Ohio Edison as a member of the Communications Department in 1986. In 1990, he joined the Governmental Affairs Department and was named manager of Federal Governmental Affairs in 1997. He was named vice president of Federal Governmental Affairs in 2001. In 2004, Dowling was named vice president of Supply Chain and was promoted to vice president of Governmental Affairs in 2005. In 2008, he was named vice president, Communications and promoted to vice president, External Affairs in 2010. He was named to his current position in February 2011.