Chesapeake Regional Tech Council
CRTC Executive Team
Pictured from left Jennifer Mish, Tami Howie and Heather East
Tami Howie serves as the Executive Director for the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council. Over the past 20 years Tami has helped technology companies grow in the Mid Atlantic region and nationwide from start up to public companies and beyond. Tami has been involved with the successful exits of over 150 companies and has represented technology companies, investors, SBICs and underwriters such as JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Tami spent 13 years as a partner in distinguished law firms such as DLA Piper and Cooley and most recently was with a $75 Million technology government contractor where she served for 5 years as the General Counsel and most recently President. Tami has served on several organizational boards including most recently the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and as counsel in her early career for the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. In addition, she has served the tech community by participating as a speaker, committee chair or legal advisor for both the DC Tech Council and Tech Counsel of Maryland. Tami has been named one of America’s Top Lawyers and has received the Young Gun Award from the Washington Business Journal. Tami is active in the arts community in Annapolis both as an advisor and performer where she performs in bands and theater with her husband.
Heather East serves the burgeoning regional Tech community as the Director of Membership and Operations for the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council. Heather’s primary role is to drive connections and value for the growing CRTC membership and is CRTC’s lead on all Forum groups and the Ambassador program. For over 15 years, Ms. East has dedicated her career to non-profit organizations and trade groups in areas of advocacy, communications, administration and operations, marketing, public relations, research, resource development and strategic planning. Prior to CRTC, Heather spent 7 years with The Arc Maryland. Her entrepreneurial spirit is evident as Heather was Proprietor of the Annapolis Biscotti Company. On a volunteer basis, Heather serves on the Board of the Friends of Quiet Waters Park. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Boston University. She currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland, with her son and dog. In her free time, Heather enjoys attending her son’s sailing regattas, running, biking and boating on the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, Heather is a certified ACA Kayak Instructor.
The CRTC receives administrative support from The Harding Group.