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H. Kay Howard

MBA Program:

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

McGowan Class of:


Current work: Director at Third Sector, a national nonprofit consulting organization with a mission to transform public systems to advance improved and equitable outcomes.

Location: Boston

Her role: Support government and nonprofit partners to leverage data, build feedback loops, and develop incentives that drive resources to improve education and employment outcomes in historically underserved communities.

Before Third Sector: She worked at Civic Consulting Alliance in Chicago and Partnership Schools in New York City.

Some of the cherished things that fill her days: Running, hiking, snowboarding, and generally exploring the outdoors with her husband, miniature schnauzer, and two toddler boys, who recently joined her family from foster care in Massachusetts.

On the Fellows: “McGowan Fellows help each other to navigate business and societal challenges while upholding core principles as their North Star. It’s a brain trust of leaders who want to support each other to succeed while doing right by their customers, clients, coworkers, and the community at large.