Howard has a Masters in Statistics and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. He served as a Director leading data modeling teams at Capital One and as an entrepreneur has started numerous companies in data-related areas. He has nearly 20 years of experience in data-driven value creation in the public sector, for private equity firms, Fortune 500 companies, and smaller firms. He teaches data analytics classes at Columbia University and is the Chief Data Scientist at DataMed Solutions. His book Measure of a Nation, a data-driven approach to policy recommendations, was identified in the NY Times as one of the year's best books.