Meet the Howard Consulting Group team.
Frank howard, ceo & founder
I am Founder and CEO of Howard Consulting Group. Since founding, I have represented domestic and international health care, bioscience, communications, trade associations, energy, water, and infrastructure organizations, non-profits and non-governmental organizations.
I am also Chairman of HCG Affiliates, HCG Venture Partners, Global Registrations and Global Strategic Partners. Before I founded HCG in the mid-90s, I worked as Managing Director and Senior VP of a national public affairs firm, where I was responsible for domestic and international grassroots, political and referenda campaigns, as well as public relations and communications programs for many clients.
In 1993, I served as an in-country representative for the International Republican Institute in Cambodia, working with the Khmer political parties to prepare them for the United Nations-sponsored elections. I also worked for a variety of national, state and local political campaigns and operations, including presidential.
Outside of the firm, I often lecture on public affairs advocacy, health care communications, political campaigning and communications, both domestically and internationally, and I am very active in politics, technology and health advocacy.
Before my life in public affairs and politics began, I worked as an options and stock trader/strategist. I hold a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from St. Mary's College of California (SMC) and several certificates in investment strategies and public relations.
East Coast or West Coast?
Both. As a San Francisco native, I still work closely with West Coast businesses and friends, and I have built a wide network in DC and neighboring East Coast states over the past several decades.
Any hidden talents?
I’m a former professional singer — does that count?
erin oldfield, vice president
As Vice President, I oversee the day-to-day innerworkings of the HCG team. I am also involved with communications outreach, developing and managing strategies to enhance client communications and build trust. My experience in media relations, marketing communications, grassroots outreach and regulatory communications enables me to identify innovative ways to promote our clients across communications platforms including earned media and social media marketing.
I rejoined HCG in 2015, after supporting technology communications for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa and South Dakota (2014-2015) and biotechnology research and regulatory communications, including issue and crisis management, for DuPont Pioneer (2011-2014). From 2009 to 2011, I worked as HCG’s Account Executive, focusing on energy and health care media relations. Prior to that, I developed press materials and managed the Committee on Science, Space and Technology legislative portfolio for Rep. Loebsack (D-IA) during the 110th and 111th Congress. I also supported Sen. Murray (D-WA) as Staff Assistant during the 109th and 110th Congress and 2004 re-election campaign as Field Organizer.
I received my Masters in Communication Leadership degree from Drake University and earned my bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Iowa.
Favorite Iowa Fair Food?
Oh, that’s easy! JR’s donuts. There is no better way to start a day at the fair!
Who inspires you?
Early in my career, I worked for Sen. Murray, first on her re-election campaign and then in her D.C. office. Her poise, authenticity and focused determination to solve any challenge, no matter how complex, was awesome to observe in action and has absolutely inspired me to take a no-nonsense approach to tough obstacles as well.
stacey barrack, OpERATIONS MANAGER & SENIOR director
I am the Senior Director of Grassroots and Field Organizing for HCG, and I work with clients to build coalitions, coordinate partner outreach and mobilize grassroot activists. My days are spent advocating for client policy priorities in the biopharmaceuticals, life sciences and technology sectors, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Before I came onboard with HCG, I worked as the Senior Director of Public Policy at the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) where I discussed cybersecurity with congressional leaders. Over my extensive career in political campaigns and organizations, from the California and Nevada republican parties to the RNC to multiple grassroots micro-targeting firms (ex: Advanced Micro Targeting, Inc.), I gained valuable knowledge of market and grassroots outreach, message development, coalition-building and campaign management.
I have a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a master’s in Political Management from George Washington University.
What’s on your perfect sushi platter?
I recently traveled to Japan and got to experience a traditional omakase sushi dinner. It was an amazing, intimate meal where we could watch each piece of sushi be prepared in front of us. The freshness of the fish was unbelievable and mouth-watering. My favorite pieces were the tuna belly, salmon roe, uni (sea urchin) and freshwater eel.
Air travel or road trips?
Tough question! It really depends on the trip, and don’t forget about train rides! If we’re traveling to visit big cities, air travel, for sure. But road trips and train rides are perfect for seeing small towns in the countryside – whether it be the U.S., Europe or Asia. It all starts with what kind of experience you want for the trip!
Tina Schneider- Wynegar, VP of INFRASTRUCTURE & Technology
I am the Vice President of the Infrastructure and Technology division at Howard Consulting Group. I work with small technology clients to develop strategies to capture government contracts, leveraging my over 15-years of experience and relationships to build an effective approach to developing business opportunities by representing my clients as a leader.
Before I joined HCG in 2018, I was CEO of Bay-Tek Consulting (2000-2017), where I further developed my skills as a strategist for technology in the Maryland, Pennsylvania, the city of Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. I was a part of the Maryland Broadband Co-Op team that secured $234 million in grant money for the NetworkMD contract from the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program. Additionally, as the CEO of Bay-Tek Consulting, I was one of the original members of the MD IT Political Action Committee that organized grassroots campaigning for the governors’ and United States Senate races; both races resulted in wins for the candidates. I also served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Tech Council and was Chair Person for the Base Realigned and Closure (BRAC) sub-committee. I have served on several sub-committees, including the Government Relations committee, where I worked with other members to determine the legislation, as related to technology sector impact in Maryland, that MTC would oppose or support. I also actively lobbied Maryland to repeal the Tech Tax legislation.
As a consultant to the District of Columbia Office of the Chief Technology Officer and Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), I served as Senior Information Technology Strategic Business Lead, working directly for the Chief Technology Officer’s to create policy and programs, and I secured funding and grants for projects through budgetary authorities. I pride myself on being a seasoned strategist, creating economic benefit to stakeholders to secure the initiatives of my clients.
What is your favorite D.C.- area restaurant?
Any of the Clyde’s Group restaurants!
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
The legendary Oprah Winfrey!
regan burdick, account Executive
As an Account Executive in HCG’s Communications and Marketing division, I work with clients to enhance their organizational communication and public engagement through improved, relevant and consistent social media activity. While my eye for detail and exceptional research skills have not landed me a job with the FBI (yet), they’ve come in handy as I develop written and visual materials for our clients.
I began my career with HCG in 2016 as an intern where I gained experience in grassroots campaigns and social media planning and management. I am now proud to manage HCG’s internship program, recruiting and mentoring interns from across the country as they develop skills and gain valuable work experience to jump-start their careers.
I earned my bachelor’s in Public Relations & Advocacy from Brigham Young University – Idaho.
Your theme song?
I listen to way too much music (over 170,000 minutes worth, just in 2018 - thank you, Spotify Wrapped), so I'll give you my more recent top three: "Sabotage" by Beastie Boys, "Lucky Penny" by JD McPherson and "This Will Be" by Natalie Cole.
Space exploration or ocean exploration?
Ocean, definitely. Why look for aliens when over 90% of the ocean is still undiscovered?
Emma Campbell, HR consultant
As HCG’s Human Resources consultant, I am living my passion: ensuring employees are treated fairly and have the support they need in their organizations.
My overarching goal is to put the “human” back in HR, strengthen the link between people and business strategy through creating practical solutions. After leading human resources initiatives in more than 40 countries, I’d say I’m well on my way, along with my claim to fame: In 2006, I was nominated "Young HR person of the Year" by the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) for leading organizational development and culture change management at NorthTec, one of the largest polytechnics in New Zealand.
I graduated from Massey University with an MBA, and I hold a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute and a Professional Diploma of Human Resources from Deakin University.
Favorite place you’ve lived (so far):
I fall in love with every place I live: the people, the culture, the food. A little bit of me remains when I leave, and I never forget the experiences of those amazing places. Most recently Cassis, France has gone down as a favorite. Cheese, patisserie, wine and sea cliffs all won my heart.
Kids say the darndest things. Any favorite zingers from your daughters?
My three-year-old recently exclaimed that her favorite food is “gubblebum”, and my eldest used to address my husband and me as one word: “mapa”.
maddy walker, project associate
I first arrived at HCG in January 2018 as an intern, and I officially came on as a project associate three months later. As a member of HCG’s Grassroots and Field Organizing team, I focus on cultivating partner relationships, legislation-monitoring, and coalition-building. I support our clients’ goals through active community outreach, event-planning and the development and implementation of social media strategies.
While diving into the “real working world” and discovering DC living, I learned how to make a mean latte at few local Starbucks locations. My vast knowledge of caffeine was put to good use as I completed a master’s degree.
My earned my master’s in Diplomacy and Military Studies from Hawaii Pacific University and my bachelor’s in Political Science from Ball State University.
Waffles or Pancakes?
Waffles! Anyone who says otherwise is just plain wrong. I could eat waffles everyday for the rest of my life!
We heard you’ve been to every state, which one was your favorite?
I have to say Alaska. My family went there for six weeks when I was younger. We camped, hiked, swam and enjoyed the great outdoors. It was unlike anything I’ve ever done, and I would love to go back.
jack hollerbacH, cFO
I am a financial consultant at Howard Consulting Group. After a long career in banking, construction and consumer products, I founded Hollerbach & Associates LLC, in 2000 to provide management support to companies emerging, getting ready to expand or undergoing change. The firm's activities led to the founding of HarVest Bank of Maryland in 2003, where I worked to develop the vision, business plan and organization of the Bank as the founding CEO. In 2011, I returned to a full-time role at the consulting firm.
Previously, I have been the Chief Financial Officer of public and private companies in several fields. I have substantial banking experience with Citibank, Maryland National, and Bank of Baltimore, First Fidelity/First Union, and I have been an Adjunct Professor of Finance at American University and the Johns Hopkins MBA Program.
I earned BBA and MBA degrees at the Iona College Hagan School of Business, and I hold the Certificate in Environmental Studies from Johns Hopkins University. I served on the boards of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, as well as the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards Committee and the TEDCO Working Capital Loan Committee.
What is your favorite thing to teach your students?
I enjoy sharing real life career experiences with my students.
What sports teams are you rooting for?
My teams are the Nationals, Capitals, Ravens and Iona College basketball.