City Administrator - Donna D. Owens, CPM


City Administrator's Office Telephone: 716-286-4320

City Administrator's Fax: 716-286-4376

Donna Lisa Dowhite-Owens, CPM, is the City Administrator for Niagara Falls, New York.


Donna began her career in public service in 1988, in Baltimore Maryland, as a Mayor's Representative and then later a Solid Waste Analyst for the Department of Public Works. As Solid Waste Analysts she became first female to ever hold this managerial position in the field of Solid Waste Management in Baltimore City.  She later in 1999 became the first women to become Chief, of the Street and Alley Cleaning Division, in Washington, DC. In 2003, Donna became the first Deputy Commissioner, for Public Works in Atlanta, Georgia, thus breaking the glass ceiling in Solid Waste Management and environmental services, blazing a trail for women in non-traditional careers. 

 A native of Detroit, Donna earned her Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Hood College and continued her education receiving her Certification in Public Management from George Washington University's Center for Excellence in Municipal Management. Donna also completed the Executive Leadership Program for Leadership Atlanta Class 2006. She has also been designated a Subject Matter Expert on Public Works Role in Emergency Preparedness, by the Department of Justice and Homeland Security. 

In her spare time, Donna is a jazz enthusiast, worked part-time as the Back Stage Manager for one of the largest Contemporary Jazz Festival production company "Capitol Jazz Inc."  As Back Stage manager, Donna assisted talent the like of, Stanley Clark, George Duke, Ray Charles, Bob James and Nancy Wilson to name a few.  Donna is also a Golf enthusiast and gourmet cook.