Eugene Howard

Eugene Howard, AICP

MURP 2013

Associate City Planner
City and County of Denver

Adjunct Professor
University of Colorado Denver

What have you been up to since you finished the MURP program? 

Since graduating from CU Denver, I spent two years working on transit, transportation and mobility in Douglas County. While there, I focused on providing transportation services for vulnerable populations, including seniors, persons with physical and mental disabilities, and lower income individuals. I learned a great deal about the needs of diverse populations in mountain, rural and suburban communities, and had the great pleasure of working with peers in local jurisdictions, non-profit organizations and regional transportation organizations. For someone who imagined working in Denver right out of school, this was an overwhelmingly satisfying opportunity that exposed me to the needs of suburban communities.

After a successful stint in Douglas County, I was presented with the opportunity of working for the City and County of Denver. Being a Denver resident living within close proximity to downtown, this was a chance to serve the city that love and call home. I joined the Planning Services staff in the Spring of 2016 and have been enjoying my work on citywide, neighborhood and special projects. I revel in community engagement and thoroughly enjoy our work in shaping the future vision for the city through the help and guidance of our citizens and stakeholders. 

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments? 

First and foremost is the love and support of my life partner, children and family. Throughout my childhood, I wanted nothing more than to live my version of the “American Dream,” and I am thankful every single day that I have been granted that wish.

Professionally, I am happy to have become a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, having secured my accreditation in 2017. I also view my time in Douglas County as a great accomplishment, having successfully resumed transportation services for those in need while also increasing Local, State and Federal grant program funding. Currently, I find success in strengthening trust and relationship between the City and County of Denver and the residents we are employed to serve. Being greeted with a smile or a hug from members of the community brings me the greatest joy, and the reassurance that planning is the career for me.

What do you find most rewarding about your career? 

For me, working in the field of land conservation has been a two-fold joy. I have the privilege of being part of preserving open space in Colorado for its ecosystem services, a critical part of the fabric of any community while at the same time providing a nature-based experience for open space visitors benefiting them in a powerful mind, body, health way.

What would you say to a prospective student that is considering CU Denver’s MURP program?

Go for it! Serving the needs of citizens is one of the most challenging and potentially rewarding careers I can think of. We get to be visionaries, problem-solvers, solution seekers and participants in our future. It may be a slow process that takes time and resources, but in the end, I believe the rewards far outweigh the challenges. Don’t sit on the sidelines, jump in! No matter your areas of interest, you can make a difference and CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning programs are among the best!