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Durham County Commissioner Howerton Appointed to Several National Committees

Brenda Howerton

Durham, NCDurham County Commissioner Brenda Howerton has been appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) leadership team. The appointment was made recently by NACo President Bryan Desloge. According to Desloge, “Committee membership at the national level is a serious commitment and responsibility, and can include testifying before congressional committees.”

Commissioner Howerton is a member of the Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board, International Economic Development Task Force, Large Urban County Caucus and the Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee. She will be tasked with advancing counties’ federal policy priorities at a variety of events and meetings.

According to the NACo webpage, the Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee is responsible for all matters pertaining to housing, community and economic development, public works, and workforce development. This includes the creation of affordable housing and housing options for different populations, residential, commercial, and industrial development, and building and housing codes.

Additionally, the Large Urban County Caucus is the premier forum for urban county leaders and is the voice for America’s metropolitan counties before Congress and the Administration.

About Brenda Howerton

Brenda Howerton was elected to the Durham County Board of Commissioners in 2008. She serves as Vice Chairman as of December 2012. In August 2014, she was selected as second vice president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. She is the first Durham County commissioner to be elected to a statewide senior leadership office.

Ms. Howerton serves on the Durham Joint City/County Planning Committee. She also serves on a number of local, state and regional commissions including: Transportation Advisory Committee, Audit Oversight Committee, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Durham City-County committee, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Public Health Board, Workforce Development Board, Museum of Life and Science, Lincoln Community Health, as well as the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Presidents Mentoring Initiative Committee, Legislative Goals Committee, and the (NACo ) National Association of Counties Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee.

Brenda Howerton received B.S. Degree in Business Management from Shaw University and a certification in Executive Coaching from North Carolina State University. She is the owner of The Howerton Consulting, Inc that specializes in organizational development and executive coaching for public and private industries. Her interest in county government stems from her education and work background. She not only has certifications in business, but also certifications from two political leadership institutions. She has served as an elected Soil and Water Supervisor for six years and worked in the General Assembly in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Commissioner Howerton is the mother of four children, two of which graduated from Durham Public Schools and three grandchildren.

For more information, please visit the main website for the National Association of Counties which can be found at: http://www.naco.org.

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