David L. Howard, a Democrat, was elected in 2009 and is serving his second term on Council. He chairs the Transportation & Planning Committee and is a member of the Economic Development, Environment, and Council-Manager Relations Committees. He also is the Council Representative for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Development Corporation and a Council Representative for the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO).
He was born in Charlotte and has been Vice President of Special Projects and Community Affairs of The Housing Partnership since 1997.
Howard was a member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission for six years, serving as its chairman from July 2007-June 2009. He is the immediate past chairman of the Planning Coordinating Committee, which consists of officials from all elected bodies in Mecklenburg County.
He has been appointed as an Urban Community Advisor for the National Urban Land Institute in Washington. He was selected as a 2009 American Memorial Fellow by The German Marshall Fund, which annually awards this honor to only 55 emerging leaders from across the U.S.
Council Member Howard has been involved in the Charlotte community leadership for more than 20 years. He and two others co-founded the group Mothers of Murdered Offspring in 1993, which received the Pride Award for Organization of the Year.
Howard's other community organizations and board memberships include the following:
- The 'Committee of 21' Road Funding Solutions Committee
- Mecklenburg County Environmental Policy Coordination Committee
- Urban Land Institute - Charlotte Council
- Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO)
- YMCA - Steele Creek branch
- Belmont Community Development Corporation
- Housing Charlotte 2007 Planning Committee
- Mecklenburg County Human Services Council
Howard is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a BA in sociology and a certification as a housing development finance professional from the National Development Council. He is also a 1998 Fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership.
He and his wife, Mary Walker-Howard, have three children and one grandson.
Contact David L. Howard
Charlotte City Council Office
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
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