CEO & President
As CEO/President of NORBIC and the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing, Pam McDonough is responsible for the
organization’s overall strategy, partnerships and relationship funding. Pam simultaneously acts as CEO of DeAngelo
McDonough Construction Management Company. Previously, as the first woman director of the Illinois Department
of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) she managed the state’s economic development agency with a nearly
$2 billion budget and a staff of over 500 and helped to create and retain more than 110,000 jobs for Illinois.
Under her leadership, Illinois was ranked first in the nation for economic development in 2001 and 2002 by Site
Selection magazine. She has also served as part of the Governor’s negotiating team, which successfully avoided a
strike of the Chicago Hotel Workers in September of 2002 and was the lead negotiator for the State in the relocation
efforts of The Boeing Company’s global headquarters to Chicago. Other successes include, retaining Solo Cup and the
Ford Motor Company expansions on Chicago’s Southeast side; a downtown expansion for ABN-AMRO; and the
$1 Billion redevelopment of the Joliet Arsenal into North America’s largest inter-modal hub.
She was simultaneously president of McDonough Consulting, a government-consulting firm, and executive director
of the Illinois Federation of Women Contractors. She has held senior legislative/policy positions for four Illinois state
departments: the Department of Administrative Services (now Central Management Services), the Department of Public
Aid, the Capital Development Board, and the Department of Transportation. She was deputy director of legislative
affairs under Governor James R. Thompson and served as chief of staff for the House Republican Leader.
In the private sector, she was head of state government relations for the Illinois Bankers Association.