NSMBA President

    NSMBA President 2018-2020

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    Valissa Turner Howard, Esq.

    Valissa Turner Howard, Esq. is First Assistant Deputy Inspector General and Chief Diversity Officer at the Cuyahoga County Agency of Inspector General, where she primarily focuses on ethics and compliance issues. Valissa also investigates complaints and initiates debarment and suspension proceedings.

    Prior to joining the AIG, Valissa was an Associate Attorney with a legal and consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area where her practice was focused on business, personal injury, and workers' compensation law, with a particular emphasis on employment discrimination law.

    Valissa also served as a federal judicial law clerk in Akron, OH, worked as a law firm diversity manager and law school senior administrator in Cleveland, OH, and practiced with a mid-size law firm in San Diego, CA.

    Throughout her professional life, Valissa has been an engaged and resourceful community leader. In her first year of practice Valissa was appointed co-chair of the San Diego County Bar Association inaugural Diversity Fellowship Program, and participated as a Big Sister in the San Diego County Big Brother/Big Sister program. Later, she served as an Alumni Member of the Case Western Reserve University ("CWRU") School of Law Diversity Committee; Co-Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association ("CMBA") Diversity Career Fair; Chair of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association ("NSMBA") Annual Trailblazer Luncheon; and Membership Secretary of NSMBA.

    Additionally, Valissa served as a panelist for the CMBA 5th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference, and the Women of Color Foundation 11th Annual Personal and Professional Development Retreat for Women of Color. She currently serves as the 2016 - 2018 President of NSMBA, is an Active member of the Junior League of Cleveland, a Writing Counselor for Minds Matter Cleveland, and on the Board of Directors for Women of Color In Law, Inc.

    Valissa obtained her B.A. from the University of California at Irvine, and received an M.S. and Certification in Diversity Management from Cleveland State University. She received her J.D. from CWRU School of Law where she was awarded a three-year Merit Scholarship and a 3L Leadership Award. Valissa is married to Karrie D. Howard, Esq. and lives in South Euclid, Ohio. They have fourchildren.