Jennifer Howe


Senior Vice President | Federal Government Market Leader


  • Leads SMMA’s Federal Government Studio, providing design work across the country for federal and state clients
  • Champions sustainable design practices, with a particular expertise in developing zero-net-energy strategies
  • Manages and integrates complex permitting processes with project design to achieve timely approval and project delivery
  • Enjoys interacting with colleagues across multiple disciplines and with numerous perspectives
  • Guides firm management and operations as a Principal and Board member 

A Natural Problem-Solver

Jen loves to take on the most complicated problems and technical challenges. One of these big challenges is finding solutions for commercial sites that were never developed because of their enormous constraints. These “leftover” sites are in play because of the scarcity of land today. Jen and the Site Design Group take a creative approach to resolving complex restrictions and achieving a consensus among the client, community, and permitting authorities.

“I believe that the best outcomes for clients are achieved when all participants share in the risks, rewards, and knowledgeand solve the problems together.”

Prepared to Lead

Jen credits SMMA’s mentor-protégé program for inspiring her to take on a firm leadership role. She cites SMMA principal Brian Lawlor and former principal Michael Holland as her mentors, crediting their guidance and knowledge-sharing over the years with helping her prepare to assume her current responsibilities as a leader.