Pew Names Glen Howard as General Counsel

Jun 09, 2010, 10:06 ET from Pew Charitable Trusts

Brings decades of legal, philanthropic and foundation experience to new role

WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that Glen S. Howard has joined the organization as its general counsel. Howard has broad experience in the legal and philanthropic communities, including 10 years at the Fannie Mae Foundation, where he was a senior vice president, general counsel and chief operating officer.

As Pew's general counsel, Howard will serve as the senior legal officer for the organization. Pew's nonpartisan public policy work is focused on environmental conservation, state issues, health and consumer product safety and economic policy.

"Glen brings decades of experience providing sound advice to institutions and their leaders," said Rebecca W. Rimel, President and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts. "His counsel will be especially helpful as Pew continues to invest in fact-based solutions to today's pressing challenges."

In addition to his responsibilities as the Fannie Mae Foundation's chief legal officer and secretary of its board of directors, Howard helped lead its grant-making and program efforts in Washington, D.C. In 2006 he began work as an independent advisor to numerous foundations, corporations, nonprofits and individuals on their strategic philanthropic investments.

Howard earned a bachelor's degree cum laude from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Chicago, where he was an editor of the law review. After serving as a clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Newell Edenfield in Atlanta, he joined Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in 1976 to specialize in energy and antitrust law. He became a partner in 1981. Howard is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before several federal district and appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court.

He serves on the board of directors and executive committees of various nonprofit organizations, including Americans for the Arts, the Helen Hayes Awards and Goodwill of Greater Washington. A veteran concert performer, Howard is a longtime member of the 200-voice Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Men and Women of the Gospel and other vocal groups. He sings regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra and has performed nearly 400 concerts at the Kennedy Center and on a dozen CDs.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

SOURCE Pew Charitable Trusts