Kendra R. Howard joined the EEOC in 2010, where she presides over hearings on federal employee or applicant complaints of discrimination. She is also the current president of the Mound City Bar Association.
What are some of your proudest career accomplishments? My proudest career accomplishment is being appointed an administrative judge because I feel that I am truly making a difference in people’s lives. We spend more time at work than most other places so when our work environment is bad it can have a significant impact on our lives. I have had countless parties thank me for listening and helping them to resolve their work complaints. It is very fulfilling work.
What inspired you to get involved in the justice system? My mother went to law school and encouraged me to go. She felt that the analytical skills she learned were important in many areas of life, not just in the practice of law. I have also found that to be true.
What has been your favorite part of the job? My favorite part of the job has been the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people struggling with work issues.
What is something that would surprise people about you? I have a secret desire to be in musical theater.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to be a doctor until college when I failed chemistry.