Thompson Victory Group

Howard Franklin

Howard is one of Georgia's most successful democratic strategists. At 23, he was tapped for a leadership role by the late Maynard Jackson, the first African-American mayor of a major southern city. Since then, he has scored a string of legislative and electoral victories while promoting policies for a host of Southern lawmakers, including Mayor Shirley Franklin, the first woman elected to lead a major southern city; Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly; and state Senator Jason Carter, Georgia Democrats’ 2014 nominee for governor.


Howard has served in virtually every corner of the public sector, including nonprofit, advocacy and government. Most recently, he worked in the Fulton County Chairman's office as senior policy advisor, weighing in on a broad range of issues from healthcare to criminal justice. Prior to that, he developed outreach to business, political and academic leaders to help GeorgiaForward collaboratively shape statewide policy agenda.


In addition to advising global organizations like Save Darfur, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the CDC Foundation, Howard managed a historic 2009 race that elected a new government in the Cayman Islands. In 2010, he made history again, when he was elected the first male president of the Georgia League of Women Voters, the first chairman of the state democratic party’s African-American Caucus and inducted into the first Southern chapter of New Leaders Council.


In 2014, Howard was recognized as 40 under 40 by Georgia Trend Magazine, which wrote, "Franklin gained a reputation for successful collaborations on policy challenges, organizing young voters and guiding some of the South's leading lawmakers to the winner's circle."