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 Foundation mission-related functions of government relations and advocacy, marketing and communications, and patient services (education, volunteer outreach and the NPF Patient Navigation Center). Howard has led a number of major initiatives for the NPF including support for the 2016 FDA Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting, engagement with value assessors, annual payer roundtable series, and development of the current (FY2020-2024) Strategic Plan.
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 more than 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.