Ms. Howard is a senior associate at Sandler Reiff Young & Lamb. She advises federal, state and local political committees and candidates; state and national parties; section 527 organizations; nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations. She counsels clients on complying with state and federal campaign finance and election laws; House and Senate ethics and gift rules; and lobbying and ethics compliance; and represents them before state and regulatory agencies. Ms. Howard also advises non-profit organizations on charitable solicitations, corporate governance issues, securing tax-exempt status with the IRS, and the scope of permissible political activities.
While attending William & Mary School of Law, Ms. Howard founded the first Election Law Society in the country. The organization – which is dedicated to studying legal issues raised through the American electoral process – has since expanded, with chapters at multiple law schools across the country.
Currently, Ms. Howard serves as the Chair of the ABA’s Election Committee of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section. She has co-authored various publications, including the Elections Chapter in the Annual Developments of Administrative and Regulatory Practice and the Defining Population chapter in the 2nd edition of America Votes!
Ms. Howard has worked on several campaigns, in management, finance and field. In 2004, she served as Finance Director for the Virginia Coordinated Campaign. Prior to her work in Virginia, Ms. Howard served in Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s administration as the Assistant to the Governor for Boards and Commissions and as the Chief Financial Officer for the Tennessee Democratic Party.
Prior to entering politics, Ms. Howard obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and practiced in a public accounting firm for two years.