caren howard currently consults social media branding and event planning and design services through eastambrosia, a company she started in Takoma Park, Maryland in January 2015. caren is a community advocate and organizer especially for youth issues and continues to be a relationship builder among her peers. prior to starting her own business, caren howard worked on Capitol Hill for 6 years serving as Legislative Correspondent and Staff Assistant for two trusted members of Congress representing districts in central and southern Maryland.
in 2007, Ms. howard received her B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she spent late nights theorizing political and social justice issues. she was born and grew up in the Owen Brown village of Columbia, Maryland which is one of three of James Rouse’s utopian planned communities and she returned to the Washington, D.C. metro area following her campaign work for Senator Tom Udall in Albuquerque, NM during the 2008 general election cycle.
she continues to be lead coordinator of programming for the African American Women on the Hill Network and facilitator of the Oakland Mills High School Alumni Mentor Program. her connection to youth drives her sustained dedication to their empowerment through engagement and public speaking.
before long, caren will head to an MSW graduate program which will allow her to open a private therapeutic counseling practice so she may eventually provide clinical and policy expertise to lawmakers and think tanks that advocate in the areas of mental health awareness, mental health care services, and integration of law enforcement/criminal justice with health care.
she enjoys writing, reading, blogging, outdoor jogging and sports and hosting her cherished friends and family.