John is an avid hunter of big game, small game, and waterfowl as well as a fisherman in Colorado's streams and lakes. He and his family frequently visit parks and open space hiking, climbing, and skiing throughout Colorado and the West. Howard has a keen interest in engaging youth in the outdoors and conservation with a particular emphasis on youth populations not traditionally part of the conservation community.
Howard currently serves on two boards in addition to the Commission: the Advisory Board for the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington & Lee University and the Advisory Board to Look Cinemas, LLC. He began his efforts in conservation volunteering with the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council while at the University of Colorado School of Law and continued with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Student Conservation Association, and the Nature Conservancy.
During his professional life Howard has served as the Chief Legal Officer of two public multinational manufacturers, as well as the general manager of subsidiaries in Boulder, the United Kingdom, and France. In recent years Howard has focused on recapitalizing and revitalizing organizations suffering from crisis, the effects of economic turmoil, and market change.