EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson appointed John L. Howard Jr. the new chair of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). Since 1988, the group has advised the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology and management issues.
NACEPT represents diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, environmental groups and local, state and tribal governments. It has directed the work of approximately 30 standing committees (each one established to address a specific issue), and has produced over 50 major reports containing over 1,000 recommendations to the EPA Administrator.
Currently, Howard is a partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP, one of the world's largest international law firms. He has previously served as the senior associate director for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environment and Natural Resources policy director for then-Governor Bush in Texas. He also served as the federal environmental executive, promoting environmental stewardship throughout the federal government. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Baylor University and received his law degree from the University of Texas. He resides in Austin, Texas, with his family.