Walter Howell

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Walter Howell


What inspires me: Every community has the potential within it to heal, transform, and grow when we are bold in the face of injustice

I feel most courageous when: I stand up for what matters most

I do what I do because: A grandmother I worked with outside of Lima, Peru, showed me how small acts done with great love can make powerful change

Core Expertise: 

  • Equitable capacity building
  • Organizational culture and operations change
  • Facilitation among diverse groups of stakeholders, including community members
  • Coaching leaders through change efforts

As an Associate Director, Walter Howell leads projects with nonprofit, foundation, and coalition clients, advises and coaches social sector leaders, and works together with teams to conduct research, analyze data, understand stories and experiences, and develop solutions and recommendations for partners. Walter has extensive experience facilitating diverse groups to come to inclusive solutions together, understands what it takes to create change that leads to equitable outcomes, and thrives as a coach and guide to partners in the work.

Since joining Community Wealth Partners, Walter has supported community development organizations and neighborhood-based partners in developing plans for financial sustainability and building community collaboration. He worked with a national nonprofit dedicated to childhood health and well-being to lead them through a strategic planning process to develop a new, transformational bold goal and theory of change. He has coached foundation and nonprofit leaders through many culture, operational, and organizational change efforts. His partners include KaBOOM!, PBS Education, Helios Education Foundation, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation Arts and Culture program.

Before joining Community Wealth Partners, Walter worked with Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing nonprofit, where he managed a $7M federal National Stabilization Program grant to assist communities hurt by the national housing crisis. He also served as an international public service fellow with Harvard University, through which he spent a year in Palestine providing technical assistance and research support to a microfinance initiative with the United Nations Relief Works Agency based in Jerusalem. He has a passion for youth mentoring through years of tutoring, basketball coaching, and other volunteer efforts at his local Columbia Heights and Rita Bright Recreation Centers in Washington, D.C.

Walter has a B.A. from Harvard University in Government and International Relations.



whowell [at] communitywealth [dot] com

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