As the N.C. Department of Transportation's Chief Deputy Secretary, David Howard oversees the high-level operations of the Division of Motor Vehicles, the non-highway divisions (Aviation, Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation, Ferry, Public Transportation and Rail), civil rights and partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as transportation planning.
Howard most recently served as Associate Administrator of Policy and Governmental Affairs for the Federal Highway Administration, where he was a principal advisor and managed a team involved in transportation policy development, legislative analysis, highway data collection and analysis, and international programs. His office was also responsible for overseeing the Federal Highway Administration's implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Transportation, he served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Fund Development for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, the largest developer of affordable workforce housing in the region.
Howard was also a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission for six years before being elected in 2009 to serve as an at-large member of the Charlotte City Council.
In addition, Howard has a wealth of national and state leadership experience, including the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, the National Urban Land Institute, The German Marshall Fund, the BMW Foundation's Responsible Leaders Community and the N.C. League of Municipalities.
Howard is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.