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Ted Howard


Ted Howard is the co-founder and executive director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland. The Democracy Collaborative focuses on community wealth-building strategies and policy development; its "Anchor Institutions" project focuses on the role universities, hospitals and other place-based enterprises can play in fostering inclusive economic and community development.

In July 2010, Howard was appointed the Steven Minter Senior Fellow for Social Justice at the Cleveland Foundation. He also serves on the board of directors of LIFT, a national organization dedicated to engaging young Americans in combating poverty in our nation's core urban areas, and was designated a CFED Innovation Award recipient in 2010.

Howard lectures frequently about community wealth building and is the author of numerous articles appearing in popular and community-development publications. His most recent co-authored publications include The Anchor Mission: Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth and The Anchor Dashboard: Aligning Institutional Practice to Meet Low-Income Community Needs.

Universities, hospitals and other place-based enterprises wield enormous economic power. The trick is harnessing that to build local economies.