Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Howard W Buffett
Partnership Advisor

Howard W. Buffett has served as a partnership advisor for the United Nations Office of Partnerships since 2007. In this role, Howard has acted as a resource for the Office on matters such as private foundation and public charity strategy development, identification and development of new partnership opportunities, and the design of an emerging leader's network.

Presently, Howard serves as a Policy Advisor for the White House Domestic Policy Council. In this role, he is responsible for implementing cross-sector partnerships and innovation strategies aimed at enhancing collaboration between the White House, federal departments, agencies, corporations, nonprofits and foundations. Prior to serving in the White House, Howard was a Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, focused on developing the expansion strategy for the nation’s Cooperate Extension System. Before his appointment at the USDA, Howard was a member of the Presidential Transition Team, where he assisted with the design and policy agenda for the White House Office of Social Innovation. During his time in government, he has served on domestic delegations for the Department of Homeland Security and the USDA, and in Afghanistan for the Department of Defense.

Howard has worked for a variety of organizations, including the United Nations and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and has served as a board member for the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the FEED Foundation. Howard has earned a BA from Northwestern University and an MPA in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University. He is a native of Omaha, Nebraska.