Leah McCormick Howard, J.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Leah McCormick Howard, J.D., joined the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2012. As NPF’s first Chief Operating Officer, Howard provides the strategic direction, vision and leadership to all the Foundation’s mission-related functions (except research): government relations and advocacy, marketing and communications, education and outreach, and the NPF Patient Navigation Center. Reporting to the CEO, she is responsible for ensuring the Foundation has proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and achieve the Foundation’s strategic plan goals.
Hired to direct the NPF Government Relations and Advocacy department, Howard served in that role for five years before being promoted from Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy to the newly created executive position of Chief Operating Officer. She brings to her role nearly 20 years of experience working with national health and disability organizations, local governments, and leading health care and research institutions. She has a bachelor of arts degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law.