Howard L. Lathan is Associate Executive Director for Community Development and Organization at the Chicago Area Project. He is responsible for organizing, developing, and managing community-based efforts and resources mobilization, volunteer and staff capacity building, public policy/research initiatives, and working with governmental officials. Mr. Lathan has worked for the Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Boys and Girls Clubs, Chicago Park District, and State of Illinois on youth, community, and policy development matters. He has trained youth and adults in community organization; developed numerous community initiatives in public housing, suburban, and disadvantaged neighborhoods; established local and statewide projects focusing on youth development, gang intervention/diversion, youth/adult employment, crime prevention, community coordination and planning; and economic development and capacity building. He has served on numerous boards including Cathedral Shelter of Chicago, Jordan Boys and Girls Clubs, Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Services, Illinois Council of Responsible Fatherhood, Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention, and Child Support Advisory Council of Illinois. A native Chicagoan, Mr. Lathan was educated in the Chicago Public Schools and attended George Williams College and Roosevelt University, where he received a bachelor's degree in public administration and general studies.