Mayor Tom Barrett appointed Mr. Howard as the City’s Environmental Sustainability Director in June 2010. Mr. Howard is leading the City’s efforts to improve the sustainability of City government operations; promote sustainability as a best practice for area businesses; and work with the community to improve and enhance the City’s natural assets. Prior to joining the City of Milwaukee, Mr. Howard spent 11 years with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC working on a variety of national economic issues.
Most recently, he created and ran the national Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative for the Department that aimed to increase the competitiveness of U.S. industry through the implementation of sustainable manufacturing practices. During this time, he also advised the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the role of innovation in the economy, he advised Commerce’s Chief Economist on the Department’s first green jobs report, Mr. Howard worked with the White House Council on Environmental Quality on implementing the Administration’s Green Government directive, and he engaged foreign governments and international institutions on environmental sustainability issues of mutual interest.
Mr. Howard also served on a temporary assignment in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising the Committee on Ways and Means on trade and economic development issues. He has a B.A. in international economic and cultural affairs from Valparaiso University and an M.A. in international economic and trade policy from The George Washington University and is a LEED accredited professional.