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james howard | director of finance

James Howard is the Director of Finance at CDP. He was hired in August 2018 to help stand up the company and oversee its finance and accounting functions.

James has over 15 years of experience in these types of roles and has fulfilled them at both large non-profits and small, privately held companies. The first half of his career was spent with PriceWaterhouseCoopers working on SOx compliance and process optimizations. That was followed by a stint at Boston University’s internal audit department which led to his six years running the clinical finances of the BU Dental School. Prior to CDP, James served as Controller at StrataDx, a private pathology laboratory in Lexington.

James was born and raised in Southwest Ohio, but considers Boston his true home since he's spent the last 13+ years here.  He received his Bachelors in Accountancy at Miami University (Oxford, OH) in 2005 and Masters of Education from Boston University in 2011. He loves all things sports as he grew up playing every one imaginable. Even though his roots are in Cincinnati his heart lies with the Pats and Sox. He even spent a number of years as an amateur bowler (10-pin, not this "candle pin" rendition that he's discovered since moving to Boston). He loves being outdoors, especially backwoods camping with zero frills and no signs of civilization. He lives in Waltham with his wife, Francesca, their nine year old Beagle-mix, Tessie, and their three year old son, Aidan.