Glen S. Howard

Founding Chair

Retired Managing Director, Legal Affairs & General Counsel, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Glen S. Howard

Glen Howard retired in 2013 from his position as general counsel at The Pew Charitable Trusts.  Previously, during his 10 years at the Fannie Mae Foundation, he served variously as its general counsel, chief operating officer, and leader of grantmaking and programs in Washington, D.C.  Before joining the nonprofit sector in 1996,  Glen was a partner in Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, providing legal and business counsel to Fortune 100 corporations and trade associations for 20 years.

Glen also chairs the board of the Goodwill Excel Center Public Charter School and serves on the boards of Americans for the Arts (and its foundation), theatre Washington (The Helen Hayes Awards), and  Goodwill of Greater Washington.  His previous  board service includes the United Arts Organization of Greater Washington and Greater  DC Cares (both of which he chaired), Leadership Greater Washington, Greater  Washington Board of Trade, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and Best Kept  Buildings. Glen received the Washington  Business Journal’s inaugural “Outstanding Director Award” in 2012, chaired  the September 11th Distribution Fund of Greater Washington, co-founded the  Greater Washington Business Philanthropy Summit, and serves on the Kennedy Center’s Community Advisory Board.

After receiving his BA degree cum  laude from Harvard University and JD degree from the University of  Chicago Law School (where he was an editor of the law review), Glen served as  law clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Newell Edenfield in Atlanta.

A veteran concert performer, Glen is a  longtime member and past president of the Choral Arts Society of Washington and  a member of Washington Performing Arts’ Men and Women of the Gospel  Choir.  He sings regularly with the  National Symphony Orchestra and has performed more than 400 concerts at the  Kennedy Center, on 12 CDs (including a Grammy® Award winner), and on many  network television and radio broadcasts.