Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, State Representative Stephanie Howse has lived most of her life in the Ward 7 community. Howse is a graduate of the Cleveland School of the Arts where she studied vocal and instrumental music. After high school, Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree in Civil Environmental Engineering from Florida A&M University and her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State University.
In 2002, while studying for her Masters and working a full time position with Stephan J. Sebesta & Associates, Inc, Howse took the first step in heeding her call to public and community service by starting Footprints. Footprints is a girls leadership development and mentoring organization operating inside Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center dedicated to nurturing and cultivating a positive self-image in girls ages 9 – 17, while building character on the principles of Self Respect; Life Endeavors; Community and the Arts. In addition to her work with Footprints, Howse’s work in Ward 7 was expanded when she was appointed to Cleveland City Council after the passing of the late Honorable Fannie M. Lewis.
Representative Howse’s desire to be a public servant was inspired by her mother Annie L. Key, a former State Representative. In addition to Howse’s experience as an engineer, her career experiences include being selected as a Fellow – Cleveland Executive Fellowship a program of the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Field Director – Ohio Democratic Party, Substitute Teacher – Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Consultant – Notable Interactions. She recently served as the Admissions and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Entrepreneurship Preparatory School (E Prep) and Village Preparatory School (Village Prep).
A list of accomplishments and affiliations for Rep. Howse include:
Executive Committee Member of the Cleveland Branch NAACP
Member of Friends of Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center
Member of the US Green Building Coalition
Member of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland Young Professionals
Member of the Northeast Ohio Chapter Young Black Democrats
Elected Delegate, Democratic National Convention for President Barack Obama
Selected Team Member Rotary District 6630 Group Study Exchange Team to India