Howard is President & Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. Howard is also an Associate Professor (adjunct) teaching in the Ph.D. Doctoral (Community Engagement) program at Point Park University. Prior to joining Habitat, Howard was an entrepreneur and President & CEO of his own company, Christian Management Enterprises, LLC, a business management and real estate consulting firm. His banking career began at Equibank, where he was an Assistant Vice President and later became Vice President and Community Reinvestment Act officer at Dollar Bank, where he led the financial institution to its first ever Outstanding CRA rating from the Office of Thrift Supervision. He was also the Regional Director of Fannie Mae’s Pittsburgh Business Center, managing a $2 Billion investment housing plan and assisted Twenty-Four thousand individuals and families in becoming homeowners during his tenure in Western Pennsylvania. Howard was the first President & CEO of Landmarks Community Capital Corporation, loaning several million dollars to Community Based Organizations in the region and he was President of Landmarks Development Corporation, a For-Profit entity. Howard was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught Diversity in Public Service and at Point Park University’s School of Business, teaching Strategic Management, Introduction to Business and Essentials of Organizational Leadership.
He is on the boards of The Pittsburgh Foundation, where he serves on the finance and audit committee, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, the Mount Ararat Community Activity Center, the Howard Hanna Free Care Fund Foundation and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority, where he received a gubernatorial appointment to the board from former Governor Tom Corbett. He’s a member of the Operational Committee of the Pennsylvania Community Development Bank and a member of The Pennsylvania Society. Howard is a former board member of The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, that also included a gubernatorial appointment from former Governor Ed Rendell and he became Chairman of the Policy Committee. He holds an Associate in Science degree in Financial Services, with emphasis on Finance, Insurance & Real Estate from Community College of Allegheny County, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication from Carlow University, an MBA from Point Park University, a Master’s degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz, III School of Public Management and a Doctor of Science degree in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University (RMU).
Howard is the recipient of the Carlow University 2017 Laureate Award for outstanding academic achievements and professional contributions of alumni, the highest distinction for alumni at Carlow University. Howard was named a Distinguished Alumnus in the School of Communications and Information Systems at RMU. In 2016, Howard was awarded and named one of Community College of Allegheny County’s 50 most Distinguished Alumni. His dissertation was titled Financial Illiteracy, an American epidemic: A qualitative study on the effectiveness of Web-Based financial literacy technology training on African-American High School students in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Copyright © 2006. He also successfully completed the Governing for non-profit excellence program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business and he completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He also participated in the Yale CEO Leadership Summit Institute, held at the New York Stock Exchange and completed Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and served on its board after completing the program. Howard is also a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a United States Department of Defense joint service school offering world-class Human Relations education, training and research. He was the keynote speaker at the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s East Coast Conference, on the dais with former Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter and former United States Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, John Fernandez. He is cited in two published books, Cities back from the edge, New life for Downtown written by Roberta Gratz, a former New York Post award winning journalist and Urban Critic and Changing Places, Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl, written by Carter Wilkie, former White House speech writer and Richard Moe, former President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Howard is a Veteran with two honorable discharges and while in the Navy he was selected to serve in the Defense Intelligence Agency, Pentagon, Washington, DC which required a high-level security clearance. He also served in the 479th Field Artillery Brigade in the U.S. Army Reserves. Howard was featured in the Presidential Election September issue of the Atlantic Magazine at the Siemens’ Urban Leaders dinner in partnership with “CEO’s for Cities,” which builds new leadership around urban innovations. Howard developed and chaired the Minority Research Policy Group of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the all minority Doctoral level participants’ initial White paper was titled, Repairing the breach: Setting an Agenda for Social Sustainability Within our Region. He also spent time in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina building playgrounds with KaBOOM! Howard was inducted into his High School Sports Hall of Fame for Football playing on several Quad "A" Championship teams and he’s an ordained Deacon.