Mr. Howland is a retired career diplomat who currently is founder, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Tioga Holdings, Inc., a Reston, VA based holding company that operates four technology and consulting businesses in Northern Virginia. Mr. Howland started his public service career in the U.S. Military and is a Vietnam veteran.
Mr. Howland holds a graduate degree from Georgetown University in International Law & Politics. He was also on the staff of Georgetown University for two years prior to joining the Foreign Service where he served throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. In 1979, Mr. Howland was one of 52 American diplomats taken hostage by Iranian terrorists and held prisoner for nearly two years.
Mr. Howland serves on the Board of Directors of the Creative Youth Foundation, a Middleburg, VA based organization that helps disadvantaged children find a voice through the performing arts.