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Bob Howard
Board Member - Community Volunteer & Organizer

I am husband, father, grandfather, community volunteer and musician. I retired in 2010 after a 35-year executive management career in energy and utilities. When I retired, I returned to music through volunteer teaching, coaching and mentoring. I have also volunteered my time providing financial and operational support to several non-profit organizations.

Since 2010, I have volunteered at Portland Tennis & Education. I teach beginning and intermediate guitar and host an after school sing-along every week during the school year. I have played in bands and folk groups through much of my adult life. I love rock and roll, folk and liturgical music. I have found that when an individual has an opportunity to play an instrument or sing in a group, music comes alive and everything they have tried to learn alone becomes possible.

In 2012, I became the treasurer for my parish church and serve on the church leadership council at Ascension Episcopal Parish in the Southwest Hills. I began a songwriter potluck dinner series at my church in 2013. We have a wonderful performance space at the historic Ascension Chapel Episcopal Parish. We have hosted numerous local and touring artists at our Open Door Songwriter Dinner.

I have been a member of the Artichoke Community since I retired in 2010. In July of 2016, I joined the finance committee to develop regular financial reporting, assess the accounting systems and help with the building search. In September 2016, I was elected to the Board and in February 2017, I was elected to the role of Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer. I serve in these capacities as a volunteer.

I was born in Houston, Texas. I went to High School in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from college in Texas, I completed a Masters degree in economics at Claremont, California and have stayed on the west coast of the United States ever since 1974.

Outside of my work with Artichoke, I am an avid tennis player. I served on the Sportsmanship Committee of the Pacific Northwest Section of the United States Tennis Association from 2011 to 2016. I am the editor of the Oregon Tennis History Committee Facebook page and serve on the committee. I am fluent in French.

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