James Howard, a retired economist and distinguished public servant with 45 years of service to the U.S Forest Service and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the new chair of the board of directors at One City Schools.
Howard succeeds retired Madison Police Chief Noble Wray as One City’s Board chair. Wray will continue to serve on the board of One City, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that offers three schools: One City Pre-school, One City Elementary, and One City Preparatory Academy.
“It’s an honor to lead the board of One City Schools alongside such esteemed colleagues and our CEO,” Howard said in a statement. “The combined experience of our board members, and their unyielding dedication to providing the best educational opportunities to our scholars, will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success and growth of this remarkable institution and our schools. I look forward to sharing with others the big impact One City is having on our scholars, their families, and early childhood and K12 education in our state, and getting more people involved.”
Howard was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Education of the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) three times, serving nine years total (2010-2019), including five as its board president. He also served as the appointed Federal Legislative Chair for the Wisconsin Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
One City also announced a new board cabinet that includes Scott Klug, a former U.S. Congressman, who will serve as vice chair, and Sui-Nae Stroman, who will serve as board secretary. Torrey Jaeckle, owner of Jaeckle Distributors, will continue to serve as board treasurer.
“The appointments of James Howard, Scott Klug, and Sui-Nae Stroman mark a significant milestone for our school,” said One City Schools CEO Kaleem Caire in a statement. “Their collective experience and passion for education will certainly inspire and propel us forward in our mission to serve the children and families of Madison.”