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Jenny Howard

Jenny Howard

General Counsel

Jenny L. Howard has served as general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation since 2016. Before being named general counsel, Howard served as deputy general counsel and senior counsel for legislative affairs for the department.

Prior to joining TDEC, Howard served as an assistant metropolitan attorney for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. In this role, she represented Metro Water Services, the Metro Stormwater Management Committee, Metro Public Works, the Solid Waste Regional Planning Board and a number of other departments and boards. Prior to Howard’s public sector service, she worked in private practice with a large Nashville law firm representing clients in both litigation and transactions.

Howard has been voted as a Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar” attorney in environmental law and named a Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce “Emerging Leader” finalist in the environmental category. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. She currently serves as the Tennessee Bar Association’s Environmental Section president and Class Agent for Vanderbilt Law School’s Alumni Association. She is also a TNAchieves mentor and a Children’s Ministry volunteer at West End Community Church.   

Howard lives in Nashville with her husband and two daughters.