David Howard
National Young Farmers Coalition, Northeast Campaigns Director

David believes in the power of liberal democratic institutions to protect and invest in people and to effectively respond to their needs and interests. David values the work of implementing thoughtful and equitable policies at all levels of government. He has been privileged to work for inspiring, thoughtful leaders who always put constituents first—igniting his passion for ensuring the voices of underrepresented constituencies are heard by policy makers.

David began his career as a Staff Assistant in former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin’s Des Moines office. Over almost six years with the Senator, David served in various capacities in Iowa and Washington, D.C., exploring policy issues ranging from transportation and tax, to agriculture and environment. Later, David served nearly four years as a presidential appointee in several roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Obama administration. As Chief of Staff and Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, he helped to oversee three agencies with a combined budget of more than $4 billion and 11,000 employees. He is proud to have served through the last hours of the administration, pushing hard to help finalize an ambitious agenda set by President Obama and Secretary Tom Vilsack.

David currently serves as the Northeast Campaigns Director for the National Young Farmers Coalition—the only national agricultural non-profit that solely advocates for young farmers. As an advocate and organizer, he helps mobilize young farmers throughout the Northeast in pursuit of state and local policy changes to improve their success in farming. Outside of his professional work, David volunteers as an Associate Fellow and mentor with the New York State Academy for Public Service. David grew up in Portland, Oregon and the small town of Marble Rock, Iowa. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa.