Matt Howard oversees The Water Council’s sustainability and stewardship initiatives, which focus on rolling out the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s International Water Stewardship Standard ("AWS Standard") in North America. Matt has nearly 15 years in sustainability program development and management including five years as Milwaukee’s Sustainability Director. Matt came to Milwaukee from Washington, D.C., where he worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce and spent time as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has an master's degree from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University. He is a LEED and Lean Six Sigma accredited professional and currently serves on the EPA’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology and the Governor’s Wetland Study Council (State of Wisconsin).