Homeland Security from the Business Perspective
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Homeland Security Policy

Andrew Howell
Vice President, Homeland Security Policy
U. S. Chamber of Commerce

April 20, 2005

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DHS Secretary's Remarks 4/29/05
U. S. Chamber of Commerce Homeland Security
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Andrew Howell is the Vice President of Homeland Security policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation. As such, he is the organization's principal spokesman and strategist on issues including transportation security; critical infrastructure protection; cyber security; and implementation of the SAFETY Act. Additionally, he is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with Administration and regulatory agency leaders with responsibility for homeland security.

Prior to his current position, Howell served as Senior Vice President of the National Chamber Foundation, the public policy research arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure at the Foundation in 1998, he was responsible for transforming the organization into a high-profile Washington non-profit, with a staff of 12 and an annual budget of $2.2 million.

Prior to re-joining the Chamber in late 1998, Howell served as a Senior Associate for the boutique public relations firm of Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates. While there, he represented associations, corporations and international governments on a host of U.S. and international public policy issues. He also helped grow the company's nascent international practice.

Prior to Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates, Howell served as the U.S. Chamber's Director of Latin American Affairs in its International Division. He also was the Executive Director of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce Latin America. In both capacities, Howell was responsible for implementing the Chamber's trade policy objectives in the region, which included passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, development of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, among other issues.

Howell received his MBA from George Washington University in 2000 and a BA in American Studies from Tufts University in 1991.