Joy Howell is a managing partner of Cambridge Strategic Partners, a public affairs and public relations consulting firm. Prior to founding CSP, she directed the Office of Public Affairs of the Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C. There, she served on the Chairman’s senior management team and managed 70 employees. She also served as one of the communications directors on the Gore Lieberman Presidential Campaign in 2000.
Previously, she was communications director to U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) As president of Howell Communications Group, Washington, D.C./Los Angeles, she represented over 100 Fortune 1000 corporations and their trade associations. She developed public policy strategies in the 1980s for General Motors, Subaru and Dart/Kraft Industries. In the 1990s she implemented marketing plans for companies such as AT&T, Aetna, Frito Lay and Pacific Gas and Electric.
After completing her MBA at the University of Redlands, Ms. Howell studied public policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and business at Harvard Business School. She earned a Master in Public Administration (MPA) with a focus on international business and policy, including telecommunications convergence, corporate strategy, international marketing, corporate governance, and change management. Studies in international business at Cambridge University, England, inspired her MBA thesis on the European Monetary Union. She has been an instructor and guest lecturer at the Kennedy School at Harvard, George Washington University, and the University of Texas.
A partial list of awards, honors and elected positions includes: past board member, University of Texas at Austin, College of Communications; Chairman’s Award, Federal Communications Commission, Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Redlands; Distinguished Service Award, Austin City Council; executive vice president, Student Government, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; president, Foggy Bottom Association.