Senior Vice President (retired), Starbucks Coffee Company
Howard is a retired Senior Vice President of Starbucks Coffee Company. He held a number of management positions during his tenure at the company, helping to build the company from its early stage of operations to an iconic global brand and business when he retired.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Howard worked in the employee benefits consulting field. He was the president of the Seattle office of an employee benefits consulting firm.
Howard served as a dialogue partner for the book – Going to Scale with New School Designs: Reinventing High School.
Howard now provides consulting and advisory services to non-profits, retailers, manufacturers and restaurant groups in the areas of organizational design, corporate culture development and strategic planning.
Howard has served on non-profit boards including: IslandWood, a nationally recognized environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island, Washington where he is now an Emeritus Board Member; and the Seattle Foundation. He is the past Chairman of the NPR Foundation and is a board member of NPR, Inc. in Washington D.C. He also has served on the board of The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
Howard received a BA in History from Georgetown University and an MBA from Seattle University. Howard and his wife, Barbara, reside in Healdsburg and San Francisco where they are both avid yoga and food enthusiasts. They have a daughter who is a writer.
Partner: Barbara Van Wollner