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Michael M. Howe

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Michael M. Howe

Howe & Associates

President of the East Bay Community Foundation from 1993 to 2006, Michael Howe currently consults with foundations, corporations and non-profits domestically and internationally. While at the East Bay Community Foundation, Howe was able to reinvigorate one of the oldest California community foundations into a national leader focusing the Foundation’s efforts on local community leadership to solve significant and persistent issues while at the same time growing its asset base from $14m to over $300m – becoming one of the most effective and largest community foundations in the country.

Presently Howe helps numerous boards and committees who are focused on engaging the diversity of publics represented in their communities to make these communities the most nurturing they can be. His current focus is work with foundations, corporations and organizations that want to improve the lives of people and contribute to the strength of communities. Current and former clients include the Energy Foundation, Community Foundation South Alabama, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, People’s Republic of China - Ministry of Education, Clorox Corporation, Dreyers Corporation, and PepsiCo.

Currently he consults with private foundations and corporations on programs in the U.S. and Asia and assists his clients in developing, reviewing and/or revising their strategy, particularly focused on philanthropic work in their communities. His work includes building internal and external capacity around issues such as organizational sustainability, diversity, leadership, and executive and leadership transitions.

Howe has led many regional and local initiatives that focused on community leadership development. Through his work with foundations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, faith community, corporations, business leaders and civic groups he has helped design a broad range of programs that brought stakeholders together from across the community to work collaboratively to craft as well as successfully implement solutions to persistent and difficult problems associated with after-school programs, violence prevention, arts education, livable communities, land trusts, water security, education reform, health access, and disproportionate sentencing. These programs have become templates for other communities interested in engaging all affected stakeholders around local issues.

He has worked with non-profit and community foundation leadership and boards to grow and develop their human and financial resources. Having successfully created a number of sustainable programs at post-secondary institutions and built a very successful community foundation, he has a talent for identifying and securing needed resources for these organizations.

Since the late 1960’s Howe has been responsible for designing and conducting a wide range of evaluations ranging from police youth programs; wrap-around programs for youth; evaluation of foundation programs; environment and smart growth programs; refugee resettlement programs; primary, secondary and post-secondary education programs; school linked after-school programs to health programs.

Between 1968 and 1980 Howe served as Professor of Sociology and founding Dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco. In the early 1980’s Howe consulted with Bay Area, California Refugee Services, U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement and U.N. High Commission of Refugees to implement and evaluate refugee programs. In 1986 he helped launch the Marin Community Foundation and remained their as its Chief Evaluation and Education Program Officer until he joined the East Bay Community Foundation in 1993. As President of the East Bay Community Foundation Howe grew the assets of the Foundation from $14m to over $300m. He reorganized the Foundation’s governance, donor development, programs, operations and launched a number of successful initiatives with community partners that successfully solved a number of persistent and complex problems in the East Bay. During his tenure at both Foundations he served on many Council On Foundations Committees, helped launch the League of California Community Foundations and was one of the founders of CFLeads.

He is a Board member of organizations such as CFLeads, the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University, and Greenbelt Alliance.