Andrew P. Howell
For more than two decades, Andrew has been providing leading companies and organizations with public policy results in areas including homeland security and international trade. His expertise is often sought by national media outlets, and he has appeared on both the ABC and NBC news networks. Additionally, Howell has served as a congressional witness on topics such as cargo security and implementation of liability protection programs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
At Monument Policy Group, Howell positions the policy priorities and products of clients before government agencies and Congressional offices. His knowledge of homeland security, law enforcement and intelligence issues, and relationships in both the Legislative and Executive branches, help clients effectively meet their business objectives. From influencing legislation to introducing new technology solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing challenges, Howell’s work at the firm has helped companies of all sizes as well as associations with interests in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining the firm as a partner in 2007, Howell served as the vice president of homeland security policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation. He was the organization’s principal spokesman and strategist on a range of security and defense issues, including transportation and cargo security, cyber security, aviation security, critical infrastructure protection, and liability protection for vendors of anti-terrorism technologies. In each of these areas, Howell effectively worked with senior business leaders to effectively shape legislation and regulation. In the cyber security area, he helped found the National Cyber Security Partnership, which helped frame the DHS strategy for protecting the critical information technology infrastructure. In order to help firms manage the risk they face in deploying technologies and services to combat terrorism, he led a business coalition that successfully shaped the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act) implementing regulations. And in the 109th Congress, Howell successfully represented the Chamber’s members as maritime cargo security legislation worked its way through the legislative process, culminating in the SAFE Ports Act of 2006.
Prior to founding and leading the Chamber’s homeland security practice, Howell served as senior vice president of the National Chamber Foundation, the public policy research arm of the Chamber. During years at the foundation, he transformed the operations of the organization and turned it into a powerful Washington think-tank, which today boasts a staff of 12 and an annual budget of over $2 million.
Prior to re-joining the Chamber in 1998, Howell served as a senior associate for the boutique public relations firm of Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates, representing associations, corporations, and international governments on a host of U.S. and international public policy issues.
Earlier, Howell served as the U.S. Chamber’s director of Latin American affairs in its International Division. He also was the executive director of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America. In both capacities, Howell was responsible for implementing the Chamber’s trade policy objectives in the region, which included passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and development of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, among other issues.