Key Experience

  • Chief Operating Officer, Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)
  • General Counsel, Export-Import Bank of the United States


  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1991, with distinction
  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1995

Other Distinctions

  • Recipient, Department of the Treasury Distinguished Service Award, 2009
  • Recipient, Export-Import Bank Chairman’s Award, 2003

Howard Schweitzer

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Howard Schweitzer served in high-level political and executive appointments in the Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations, including a pivotal role in the federal government’s financial crisis response as Chief Operating Officer of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Howard counsels clients regarding a variety of regulatory and policy issues before the U.S. government and represents clients before U.S. Executive Branch agencies and Congress.

In October 2008, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson appointed Howard as the first COO of TARP. In this position, Howard led program execution and built the TARP infrastructure. He served as a key point person regarding the financial crisis through the presidential transition and continued to serve as TARP COO under Secretary Timothy Geithner until August 2009.

Prior to his Treasury appointment, Howard was appointed by President Bush as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief ethics officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). In this capacity, he was Ex-Im Bank's principal legal and corporate governance officer. Howard began his career at Ex-Im Bank during the Clinton administration and throughout his tenure was involved in negotiating the Bank's most complex international financial transactions. Howard also played a key role in managing the bank's $60 billion credit portfolio and in interfacing with other Executive Branch agencies and Congress. Howard served as a trusted advisor to five bank chief executives in both Republican and Democratic administrations and ran the Senate confirmation process for more than 20 presidential nominees.

Upon his departure from the Treasury, Secretary Geithner awarded Howard the Treasury's Distinguished Service Award for his role in creating TARP and responding to the financial crisis. He also received the Export-Import Bank Chairman's Award in 2003 for his service to the U.S. exporting community.

Howard is often quoted in and published by various media on political and policy topics with recent appearances in Fortune, The Daily Caller, Law360 and Sirius XM's POTUS Politics. He also co-leads Cozen O'Connor's series, Road to the Oval Office, which provides analysis and commentary on the 2016 presidential election.

He earned his law degree from George Washington University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in History, with distinction, from the University of Michigan.