Deb Howard, M.P.H., is a high tech marketing professional with over 20 years of experience. Coupling creativity with a technical background, Deb has a proven track record of revenue-generating success from both organic sales growth as well as acquisitions.
An experienced RFP writer, Deb has secured state and federal grants exceeding $10 million for health and educational organizations including:
  • the Reproductive Awareness Project of Juvenile Court Health Services & JWCH Institute;
  • the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services; and
  • the Westside Women's Health Center.

Accomplished at messaging and positioning, Deb has authored over 100 and contributed to approximately 100 additional wire releases resulting in over 500 high tech trade and business media citations.

In addition to technical white papers at Nishan, McDATA, Hitachi Data Systems and NEC, Deb has been published by the Oxford University Press and the UCLA Journal of Public Health. She also has editing experience with traditional print media in newspaper, magazine, and academic journal formats. She served as night editor and sports reporter for the Brown Daily Herald and was an Editor of the UCLA Journal of Education.

She speaks, reads and writes English, Japanese and Spanish and has appeared on every major network and several cable outlets, including presentations before the US Congress, several state legislatures, and international agencies. She has been a Netizen for over 30 years dating to academic email systems on mainframes and is amazed at the spread and impact of the Web in recent years. Deb was named an AmazonCity Entrepreneur of the Month and was one of Inter@ctive Week Magazine's "25 Hottest People on the Web" along with Jeff Bezos of Amazon.

Deb was also named "Intranet Guru" by Netguide Magazine and was the inaugural recipient of the "Deb Howard Service Award", awarded annually by the ISP/C. Websites under her direction have won Gold Site awards from NetGuide Magazine and honorable mention from the History Channel.

Education: An Ivy League graduate of Brown University, Ms. Howard was awarded fellowships to study at Keio University (Tokyo, Japan) and Cambridge University in England.

She received her Master's Degree in Population Studies from the UCLA School of Public Health where she completed additional doctoral coursework. While at UCLA she was a Pew Fellow, Rand Policy Associate, Chancellor's Fellow, and an Alumni Association Distinguished Scholar.

Recent Work Experience: Deb was Executive Director and Chair of the Board of the Internet Service Providers' Consortium, (ISP/C) the international trade association of Internet Service Providers. She also was the lead sales director for the Internet Service Provider's Forum (ISPF).

Since moving to the Silicon Valley, Deb has been responsible for ISP Channel development at Telocity (later DirecTV Broadband) and global marketing efforts at ISP, Onyx Networks, including product development, branding, corporate communications, advertising, and trade shows.

While at Nishan Systems, Deb was responsible for website development, including the public site and extranets for sales and channel partners; collateral development (datasheets, white papers, application notes, and technical briefs); trade shows; executive speaking coordination; press releases; and analyst/media relations.

Following Nishan Systems, Deb was named Director of Marketing Programs at another storage start-up, InterSAN. Along with the InterSAN team, Deb led go-to-market activities including trade shows and events, collateral development, and more. As part of InterSAN's executive management team, Deb contributed to efforts resulting in PATHline, InterSAN's flagship product, being named as the 2002 Product of the Year for storage management software by Network Magazine.

Following InterSAN, Deb was named Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Sanera, a storage director startup acquired by McDATA. While at McDATA (later acquired by Brocade), Deb was the worldwide channel marketing manager responsible for over 300 channel partners including distributors and VARs.

Later promoted to senior channel marketing manager, Deb had worldwide responsibility for full range outbound marketing efforts (including product launches) for Hitachi Data Systems and Sun. She was one of the members named “Channel Team of the Year” in 2006 and received the company-wide “Marketing Maven” award.

Currently Deb is Director of Product & Channel Marketing at NEC Corporation of America, a subsidiary of NEC which is a Global 200 company with $41 billion in sales and 154,000 employees.

At NECAM, Deb is responsible for full range outbound marketing in North America (including product launches, solutions, enterprise & channel lead gen, telemarketing, channel development, multimedia collateral, websites, events, and more) for the Advanced Storage Products Group.

Deb has been responsible for the successful multi-phase launch of NEC's strategic grid storage platform, HYDRAstor, winner of the 2007 Product of the Year for disaster recovery hardware from SearchStorage. As a result of developing a qualified opportunity pipeline in excess of $100million and launching channel program to three distis and over two hundred SIs/VARs, Deb has been recognized by the NECAM Sales Team as outstanding company asset.

Personal: A native of Los Angeles, Howard has travel extensively and lived in four countries and 20 U.S. cities due to her father's career as U.S. Naval aviator and her own career including positions with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) in Washington, D.C. (Side note: Hillary Clinton was chair of the CDF board when Deb was an intern there.)

Deb is happily married to a great guy named Terry, an actor and improv troupe member in Santa Cruz, where they live with Terry's son, one of three strapping 'bonus sons' Deb was lucky enough to get in the marriage bargain. Walking four miles round trip every day to see the Santa Cruz Wharf and "the boys" (aka, sea lions) who live in Monterey Bay makes the rest of life even more sweet.

To contact Deb for further information:

Deb Howard
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Mobile: 408.204.2085
CreeksideDeb@yahoo.com