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Posted by: Jarod Word on Jul 12, 2018


Jenny L. Howard serves as General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). As General Counsel, Howard has recruited talented staff and developed a culture of excellent customer service among the 19 attorneys and 14 other professionals in her office who serve as trusted advisors to TDEC’s environmental and conservation programs. 
Before being named General Counsel, Howard served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Counsel for Legislative Affairs for TDEC. Jenny was selected by TDEC to attend the 2014 Tennessee Government Executive Institute and has remained involved in that organization by serving as the Newsletter Chair, 2014 Class Representative, and a Steering Committee Member-at-Large. Jenny was a founding member of TDEC’s Talent Management Advisory Committee in 2013 and completed TDEC’s Green Leadership series. Howard has received recognition, such as being nominated and voted as a 2018 Nashville Business Journal Best of the Bar in Environmental Law and being nominated and named a Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leader finalist in the environmental category. 
Before joining TDEC, Howard served the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County as an Assistant Metropolitan Attorney where she represented Metro Water Services, the Metro Stormwater Management Committee, Metro Public Works, Metro Finance, the Metro Investment Committee, the Metropolitan Sports Authority, the Metropolitan Trustee, the Metro Tax Assessor, and a number of other departments and boards. Prior to that, she worked in private practice with Hall, Booth, Smith and Slover, a large law firm, representing clients in both litigation and transactions.
In addition to being a public servant for more than 11 years, she has also worked with many professional and charitable organizations. Before becoming President of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Environmental Section, she served the section as the Newsletter Chair and Vice President.  For the past 13 years, she has served as the 2005 Class Agent for Vanderbilt Law School’s Alumni Association and has served as a tnAchieves mentor.  She also teaches Sunday School as part of the Children’s Ministry at West End Community Church. She enjoys living in Nashville with her husband and two daughters.  
Please join us in welcoming your 2018–19 Environmental Law Section Chair.