Brenda A. Howerton, Commissioner


Brenda A. Howerton, Commissioner

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Phone: (919) 544-4160
Mailing Address:
3325 Tarleton West, Durham, NC 27713

Brenda Howerton was elected to the Durham County Board of Commissioners in 2008 and reelected in 2012 again in 2016, presently in her third term. She moved to Durham in 1986, a member of Union Baptist Church, raised four children, two graduated from Durham Public School and she has three wonderful grandchildren.

Commissioner Howerton has served as Vice Chairman of the County Commissioner from 2012 until 2016. She currently serves as co-chair of the Transformation in Ten Education Task Force. Her work on local, state and national boards and committees includes: Durham Technical Board of Trustees, Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Authority, Downtown Durham Incorporated, Joint City/County Planning Committee, Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee, Public Health Board, Triangle J Council of Governments (Alternative), Durham City-County Committee Member, Durham Partnership for Children, Durham History Museum, Mental Health Task Force for the Criminal Justice Resource Center, Workforce Development Board and CORE- Wake/Durham Center of the Region.


She is the chair of the Workforce Development Steering Committee and vice chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee. She is also a member of the Large Urban Caucus, and US Communities Cooperative Purchasing/NACo.


Commissioner Howerton is the President Elect of the North Carolina Association of Counties and will become the President of The State County Commissioners Association in August of 2017. She is the first Durham County commissioner to be elected to a statewide senior leadership office. She also serves on the NCACC's Board of Directors, and Health and Human Services Steering Committee. 

She received her B.S. Degree, in Business Management, Magna Cum Laude, from Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina and a certification in Executive Coaching from North Carolina State University. She is the owner of The Howerton Consulting, Inc. that specializes in organizational development and executive coaching for public and private industries. Her interest in county government stems from her education and work background. She not only has certifications in business, but also certifications from two political leadership institutions. 

Commissioner Howerton is the mother of four children, two of which graduated from Durham Public Schools and three grandchildren.

Past Board and Committees Memberships
NCACC–Vice Chair Intergovernmental Relations
• Cancer Advisory Board on Health Disparities
• Library Board of Trustees Commission Liaison
• Project Safe Neighborhoods
• Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau
• Alternate, Audit Oversight Committee
• Vice Chair, Durham City County Planning Committee
• Community Child Protection Team
• Supervisor, Elected Soil and Water District
• Chair, Durham Million Man March Victim Assistance
• Political Chair, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
• Treasurer, Tarleton West Homeowner Association
• Human Relations Commissioner

Professional Memberships
• National Association of County Commissioners
• Society of Human Resources Management, inactive member