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Howse Named to Boston Most Influential Men of Color List

David Howse in jacket, scarf, in front of brick wall

David Howse, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Stephen G. Langley Chair and Vice President for the Office of the Arts, and Executive Director of ArtsEmerson, was named to Get Konnected! Boston’s Most Influential Men of Color list.

The list was established by inclusive networking group Get Konnected! and Colette Phillips Communications, Inc., both founded and led by Emerson alum Colette Phillips ’76, MA ’80, with support from Amazon. It honors “barrier breakers, game-changers, ceiling shatterers and movement makers across industries and sectors [who] have distinguished themselves in their respective fields.”

Howse will be honored on Tuesday, March 28, at an event celebrating the 15th anniversary of Get Konnected!.

Other honorees include Deval Patrick, the first Black governor of Massachusetts; Carl Rodrigues, CEO, Harvard Allston Land Company; Scott Uzzell, CEO, Converse; Navjot Singh, Senior Partner, McKinsey; Quincy Miller, President, Eastern Bank; Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Chancellor, UMass-Boston; Damian Wilmot, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Vertex, and founder of the New Commonwealth Fund; and Segun Idowu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion, City of Boston.

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside such an august group of men for my work in the community, the field, and here at Emerson,” Howse said.

Howse landed on Get Konnected!’s Most Influential People of Color list in 2018, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in Boston by Boston Magazine in 2020. He also won Root Cause’s Social Innovation Achievement Award, and, in 2010, Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” Award.

In addition to his arts management and fundraising leadership at Emerson, Howse serves on the Boards of the Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and White Snake Projects.

Howse also serves on the Board of Advisors for Eastern Bank, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and as co-Chair of the Advisory Council of the New England Foundation for the Arts.  He co-chairs the Boston Cultural Leaders Coalition, a group of 30 local leaders committed to building racial equity in the City of Boston.  He also co-chairs the International Presenters Commons, a group of national presenters and creative producers driven by a shared sense of urgency around protecting the potential of international cultural exchange.

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