Dr. Sandra Harris Howard

Senior Director of Equity & Leadership Development

Company: YMCA of the North
Role: Session Presenter

Sandra Harris Howard, PhD, is a senior director of Equity and Leadership Development at YMCA of the North. She also serves as an adjunct professor in human services and served as the lead instructor for the Pathways to Possible University Life course at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU). Dr. Howard has strength and expertise in collaborative efforts, curriculum development, organizational and community transformation, intercultural competence, strategy planning, child and youth development, ministry, qualitative research, and proposal writing.

Sandra is founder of SJH Consulting and has successfully worked with a variety of teams and groups over decades. As an effective organizational culture change agent, she motivates and influences individuals and teams to level up in reaching their maximum potential. Prior leadership experience includes roles with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), Colorado Governor’s Office, Inner City Christian School, Search Institute, Compassion International, and Joining Vision and Action consulting.

Dr. Howard received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Boston University; Master of Human Services in organizational management and leadership from Springfield College; and doctorate in human services from Capella University where her qualitative dissertation work was in positive youth development. She is honored to be on the Equity Innovation Center (EIC) team at the YMCA of the North.

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