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Jo Ann Howard named ASFPM's 2019 Goddard-White Award Winner
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

L-R: Past ASFPM Chair Maria Cox Lamm, Jo Ann Howard and ASFPM Executive Director Chad Berginnis. Photo by John Hays.

The Goddard-White Award is named in honor of the huge contributions made to floodplain management by Gilbert White and Jim Goddard. ASFPM presents this to individuals who have had a national impact carrying forward the goals and objectives of their work. It is an indication of esteem the association holds for the two namesakes, as well as the recipients, and is ASFPM's highest award.

And this year's winner, Jo Ann Howard, most definitely has had a significant impact on national flood policy over her long career.

She was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the NFIP Federal Insurance Administrator from 1998-2001, and managed more than $500 billion in flood insurance for the NFIP in thousands of communities across America.

Howard made major contributions during her time at FEMA. With her initiative and vision, FIA began the ONLY comprehensive analysis of the NFIP through a multi-year study that was completed by a number of researchers. This effort produced 14 reports on various aspects of the NFIP to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the program so adjustments could be made. She authored a chapter titled, "Building for Disaster Resistance" in the American Bar Association’s 2018 publication, "Homeland Security and Emergency Management—A Legal Guide for State and Local Governments," with Ernest Abbott, former general counsel at FEMA.

She was a member of the Governor's Commission for Disaster Recovery and Renewal in 2010 following Hurricane Ike, and recently was a member of the National Academies of Science Study Panel that issued its report that examined urban flooding in the United States.

Prior to her tenure at FEMA, she served as a gubernatorial appointee to head the Texas Department of Insurance as chief insurance regulator and as a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Howard received a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, a master’s in public administration from East Texas State University, and a BS in education from Abilene Christian University.

Today this woman is president of Austin's H2O Partners, a firm consulting on all things flood—including flood insurance, hazard mitigation planning, training and outreach, disaster protection and recovery, among many other areas. Throughout her career, she has advocated for sound flood-risk management, wise development in flood-risk areas, and planning to result in sustainable and safe communities.

Howard has been a leader and mentor for many of us in this profession and has long supported ASFPM activities, including serving as an ASFPM Foundation trustee, where she heads the Fellows Program. It was an honor to bestow this award to such an accomplished and deserving woman.







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