Gene Howard’s entire career has been spent working in the area of child abuse and neglect.

His first job out of college was as a live-in houseparent for emotionally disturbed teens who were victims of abuse and neglect.

Over the next 40 years he has served as the head of child protection services for the State of Arizona and for the County of Orange.

He has also worked in the private non-profit sector serving as the CEO of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation for 12 years and most recently is serving as the CEO of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County.

During this time he has also served on numerous state and local committees dedicated to improving the lives of abused children. He has also had the privilege of serving on the boards of directors of several local non-profit organizations.

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