He also spearheaded the DLLR Academy which fostered a work culture
based on teamwork through staff development activities focused on effective communication and positive
conflict resolution. He was promoted to Deputy Secretary after a brief tenure as DLLR's Commissioner
of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing in 2007.
From 2004-2007, Secretary Howie was an Attorney Advisor with the Office for
Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education where he represented student populations facing discrimination and
promoted solutions to civil rights violations. He spent three years as the Program Evaluations
Director for the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) and was a Senior
Consultant with the Ethics Resource Center, Inc. which provided business ethics training and
consulting for Fortune 500 corporations and governmental agencies. Secretary Howie also held
positions as adjunct faculty and program advisor at the University of the District of Columbia.
His distinguished career began as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps from
1984-1989. He continued his military service as a member of the Reserves from 1989 to 1992 while
pursuing a career in law.
Secretary Howie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts in
Economics. He obtained both his Master of Business Administration and his Juris Doctorate at
Georgetown University and is a member of the Maryland Bar. He serves on the Advisory Board for
the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) and was a member of the Lutheran Social
Services of the National Capital Area Board of Directors from 2004-2008.
A native of Dayton, OH, he currently resides in College Park, MD with his wife Robynn and
has three children: Lauren, Jordan and Jillian.