Howard Husock was appointed to the CPB Board of Directors by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in August 2013. He is vice president for policy research at the Manhattan Institute, where he is also director of its Social Entrepreneurship Initiative and a contributing editor to the Institute's quarterly magazine, City Journal. He is the author of the books The Trillion-Dollar Housing Policy Mistake: The Failure of American Housing Policy (Ivan R. Dee, 2003), Philanthropy Under Fire (Encounter Books, 2013) and his forthcoming book Who Killed Civil Society: The Rise of the Social Service State and the Decline of Bourgeois Norms will be published by Encounter Books in 2019.
From 1987 through 2006, Husock served as Director, Case Program (case studies in public policy and management) at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he was also a fellow at the Hauser Center on Nonprofit Organizations. His publications on the nonprofit sector have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Affairs, Society Magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Public Interest, The New York Times Magazine, and The Washington Post.
In addition, Mr. Husock has written widely on housing and urban policy, including in his book The Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake: The Failure of American Housing Policy (Ivan R. Dee, 2003) and his monograph Repairing the Ladder: Toward a New Housing Policy Paradigm (Reason Foundation, 1996). His work has also appeared in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Philanthropy, and The Wilson Quarterly.
Mr. Husock is a former broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work at WGBH in Boston won a National News and Public Affairs Emmy award for The Paterson Project: One City in the Reagan Era in 1982, and two regional New England Emmy awards for his role as writer and reporter on Pat Ewing and the American Dream in 1981, produced and directed by Rebecca Eaton, and for his role as producer-director of The World Halfball Tournament in 1984. He is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Communication and was a 1981-1982 mid-career fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He was an Olin Visiting Scholar (1989) in the Media Studies Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, DC.
He is married to ceramic sculptor Robin Henschel and the father of three adult sons.
His term expires in 2018.