National Psoriasis Foundation welcomes new director of government relations and advocacy

PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 5, 2012)—Leah McCormick Howard, J.D., joins the Portland-based National Psoriasis Foundation as its director of government relations and advocacy. As a member of the Psoriasis Foundation executive team, Howard—who will be based in Washington, D.C.—will oversee all advocacy, government relations and policy initiatives for the organization.

Howard's background includes more than a decade of public policy and federal affairs experience. Most recently, Howard was the assistant director of policy and national initiatives for BlazeSports America, a national nonprofit that provides sport and physical activity opportunities for youth and adults with physical disabilities, where she was responsible for overseeing a Health & Human Services grant, guiding policy development and producing federal reports and evaluations.

Additionally, Howard spent 10 years with B&D Consulting in Washington, D.C., working with major health care and research institutions, disability and health organizations, and local governments on policy and legislative agendas and federal affairs strategy.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

Over the last 50 years, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) has become the world’s leading nonprofit patient advocacy organization fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. NPF leads this fight by driving efforts for a cure and improving the lives of the more than 8 million Americans affected by this chronic disease. To date, NPF has funded more than $15 million in research grants and fellowships, and to commemorate 50 years, NPF plans to raise an additional $2 million for early scientific career research programs in 2017 alone. Each year, NPF strives to support, educate and advocate on behalf of more individuals living with or caring for someone with the disease than ever before. As part of that effort, NPF established the Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Join our community today and help drive discovery and create community for all living with psoriatic disease.