Introducing Michael Howe, Chief Advancement Officer

By Mount Tamalpais College | November 15, 2021

Please join us to warmly welcome Michael Howe, the new Chief Advancement Officer at Mount Tamalpais College.

Michael, who goes by Mike, is most passionate around issues associated with social justice. His involvement with higher education in prison began in the 1970s when, as Dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco, he founded, administered and taught in the Prison Project at both San Quentin and Susanville prisons. The program provided a baccalaureate program for students at both prisons graduating inmates from both institutions. 

Most recently, Mike served as a Senior Associate at Partnership Resources Group. Between 2013 and 2018 he was the Executive Director of the RP Group (Research & Planning Group for California Community Colleges). From 2006 to 2013 he served as the Chair of the National Task Force on Community Leadership at Stanford University, and in that role helped found CFLeads, the national organization that supports community foundations focused on developing and nurturing community leadership. From 1993 to 2006 Michael was President of the East Bay Community Foundation, leading the organization through a period of unprecedented growth. His earlier experiences include being the Senior Education Program Officer and Director of Evaluation at the Marin Community Foundation (1986 to 1993) and as Professor and founding Dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco (1968-1980).

Beyond his senior leadership positions and capital fundraising work, he has served on many nonprofit boards. He worked closely with clients through Howe & Associates (H&A) an education and organizational leadership firm. This work included building internal and external capacity around issues such as organizational sustainability, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), community leadership, and executive and leadership transitions. Former clients include the Energy Foundation, Community Foundation of South Alabama, Community Foundation of Western Nevada, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, People’s Republic of China – Ministry of Education, Clorox Corporation, Tahoe Fund, Dryers Corporation, and a host of family foundations.

Mike attended the College of San Mateo where he received his AA Degree, transferred to the University of San Francisco where he received his BA in Sociology, he then was accepted at the University of California and received his MA and ABD in Sociology.

We are thrilled to have Mike’s depth of experience, commitment, and relationships in the field on our team at MTC, and to be part of his return to prison higher education after decades of rich experience and a proven track record for helping organizations grow and deepen their impact.

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