Eric joined the Guild as our Executive Director in March 2022. His 30-year career has primarily been with sustainability-oriented nonprofits, often working on organizational growth, strategic planning, and collaborations with like-minded organizations and individuals. He guided the development of partnerships, bringing members and stakeholders into new and existing programs and initiatives that will have a positive impact on communities.
Eric's prior experience includes five years as Executive Director of the Maine Wood Products Association, four years in corporate outreach for Northeastern University's College of Engineering, three years as strategic partnerships manager for a national nonprofit dedicated to energy efficiency and climate action at colleges and universities, and ten years leading a global nonprofit that convened conferences and working groups to address innovation in several STEM fields.
Eric's work helped secure millions of dollars for programs in sustainability, climate action, manufacturing, education, information access, and economic development. Among others, projects were done for the UN Environment Program, UNESCO, IUCN, Oxfam, US AID, US Dept. of State, US National Science Foundation, Maine Technology Institute, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and similar agencies in Hungary, Morocco, Panama, Qatar, South Korea, and Singapore. Eric had fellowships at World Wildlife Fund and the US EPA, and a Fulbright scholarship to Germany to study to regional planning.
His life experience includes deep family ties to New England and to Belgium, four years living in Germany, and raising three children who are now young adults. Additional details on his background can be found at www.linkedin.com/in/ericshoward.