Lifetime Work Award: JoAnn Howard


RELEASE: Jan. 8, 2013

CONTACT: Jane Bachick, H2O Partners, H2O Partners, Inc.,

Alessandra Jerolleman, 504-914-6648,

 NHMA recognizes lifetime work of Austin’s JoAnn Howard

                Austin attorney and business woman JoAnn Howard was named “A National Treasure” Jan. 5 by the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association.

In granting the award, NHMA cited Howard’s lifetime of work to reduce disaster losses and create safer communities. The award reads in part:

“JoAnn’s successful lifetime of work includes leadership as National Flood Insurance Program administrator, president of Austin’s H2O Partners, and vice president of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. Throughout her career, she has advocated sound risk management, wise development, prudent planning, and safe communities. Jo Ann is succeeding in her efforts to make the world a better place.”

Ms. Howard is president of Austin’s H2O Partners, Inc., a planning firm. NHMA PresidentEd Thomas presented the award to Howard at NHMA’s January annual board meeting in Austin, Texas.

Ms. Howard was appointed as Federal Insurance Administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in March 1998 by President Bill Clinton. Serving as the administrator of the flood program, she was responsible for managing the more than $523 billion of flood insurance in force in the National Flood Insurance Program.

After returning to Texas in March 2001, Jo Ann Howard established H2O Partners, Inc. in Austin. H2O Partners is a firm consulting in flood insurance, hazard mitigation planning, disaster protection and recovery, public assistance, HUD programs, homeland infrastructure security, and floodplain management issues.

Prior to her tenure at FEMA, she served as a gubernatorial appointee to head the Texas Department of Insurance as chief insurance regulator for the State of Texas and as a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. She 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 in Abilene.

The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) promotes hazard mitigation and the reduction of risk.  This is accomplished through the following goals: creation of a forum for professional to share their ideas and experiences, establishing hazard mitigation as a profession in its own right, functioning as a professional and unified voice for hazard mitigation managers in the public marketplace for ideas and the political arena, achieving greater awareness of the social component of hazard mitigation decisions, developing more effective mitigation programs which benefit the community as a whole and ingrain mitigation as part of societies culture. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting the goal of reducing disaster losses including mitigation managers, experts, professionals, students, government officials, community activists, academics, and others who are working in the field of hazard mitigation. – PO Box 55352, Metairie, Louisiana 70055 – 504-914-6648