Howze is a senior figure in the Duggan Administration. She currently serves as director of governmental affairs, with responsibilities in Washington, DC, Lansing, and as the mayor's liaison with the Detroit Public Schools board. From January to May 7, 2014, she was Duggan's chief of staff. She is succeeded in the role by Alexis Wiley. She was the co-chair of Duggan's transition team. Her salary is $140,500 as of 2014.
2013 Mayoral Campaign
In 2013, she was the first openly declared candidate for mayor. Howze, a certified public accountant, has been a State Representative for the 2nd District since 2010. She decided not to run for a second term in 2012 to focus on her campaign. After leaving the campaign, she became a strong supporter of Mike Duggan.
Detroit Mayor Duggan taps chief of staff for new role as Lansing rep. Free Press. 9 May 2014.
Duggan shifts roles of chief of staff, spokeswoman. Detroit News. 9 May 2014.