About James Howard

Who I Am

I am James Howard and I live in the Village of Long Reach in Columbia with my wife Nina and our two children, Chase and Beatrix. Chase is 8 and like all 8-year olds, he loves Pokémon, and he’s got me hooked. A couple weekends a month, we go out and play together. Beatrix is 5 and she has just started reading. Our new favorite thing to do is read together. Nina and I prioritize bringing our children up in a place defined by respect for self, respect for each other, and respect for the world around us.  My family’s values are important to me as I’m sure they are to you too.

During the day, I work at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel. In between solving math problems, I try to keep a palm tree alive in my office. I have also taught for several universities, but everyone knows me as a math professor. I have taught developmental and introductory math courses to just over a thousand students over the years. Sharing the power of math in the real world is my proudest accomplishment.

Why Me

I have been a community volunteer for as long as I have lived in Maryland. I have been on the Columbia Association’s budget committee and later sat on the Art Center Advisory Board. I have also worked on land use issues for many years, serving on the Howard County Board of Appeals since 2011. I also worked extensively on the Long Reach Village Center Master Plan, a plan to return the village center to vibrancy.  I know very well what both good and bad community planning looks like.  I am well prepared to address the challenges that face Baltimore and Howard Counties.

I volunteer for the Maryland Defense Force, a volunteer state agency that provides support to the Maryland National Guard and Maryland Emergency Management Agency in times of emergency.  I believe strongly in the security of our state and nation from all threats, seen and unseen.

I have a doctorate in public policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County where my research focused on the economic and social effects of flood insurance. I also have a master of public administration from the University of Baltimore and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Maryland.

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