Georgia WAND is elated to officially welcome Jewel L. Howard to the squad! During this extremely important general election year, she has been coordinating our We Count! efforts, overseeing our voter registration and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaigns at multiple locations across the city such as our local school partners, MARTA train stations, and public events. We are excited about Jewel’s current accomplishments coordinating this year, but many of you may have already met her when she started as a canvasser with us back in 2015!
Her experience as a canvasser going door to door, registering people to vote, and educating folks about our issues was a perfect precursor to her ability to manage the voter registration portion of the program this year – which we scaled up this year. Jewel’s hard work has supported our goals to begin building relationships with people living near and downwind and downstream from Plant Vogtle.
A graduate of Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Jewel is a writer, poet, and 8 time Emmy nominated television producer. Early in her career, she pursued a career in law enforcement with the Illinois Securities Department but always had a passion for the arts since childhood, performing in school and church productions as well as writing her own original plays, stories, and poetry. Beginning her television career at one of the largest Christian stations in Chicago, Illinois, Jewel has not only worked behind the scenes but as on-air talent, interviewing a wide range of celebrities and politicians, including Sherri Shepard, Mary Mary, Sinbad, Colin Powell, motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, and the late Walter Payton, just to name a few. As a freelance producer, she has worked on a numerous projects and productions, including, “Oprah” and PBS Channel 11. After relocating to Atlanta, GA, where she garnished her 8th Emmy-nomination at Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB-TV), Jewel also had the privilege of working with veteran actor, writer and filmmaker, Ralph Wilcox (“The Lena Baker Story”) participating in the first Film/TV Camp on the reservation of the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe. While living on the reservation, Jewel taught Screen Writing 101, served as Location Scout, and Assistant Director of the student short film. Recently, Jewel has launched out on her own as Executive Director of “Here Am I,” documentary and revitalized a joint non-profit as President of Our Theatre Company, Inc., uplifting the spirit through creativity and education.
In addition to her creativity and visionary as a producer, Jewel is also a literary educator. While in college, Jewel begin teaching creative writing at Cook County Jail with her mentor, the late Dr. Margaret Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum. Jewel continued doing poetry workshops with her own “Intro to Poetry” as a guest lecturer City of Chicago Community Colleges and several mentoring programs. She has performed throughout the city of Chicago at various venues including: The Expo for Today’s Black Woman and The National Organization for Women, “Herstory”. Jewel has also been the featured poet and host for the “Chicago Hilton Black History Celebration”, and Atlanta’s Apex Museum during the 2003 Auburn Festival. Jewel’s poem, “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” debut in an independent film, “Journey of the Heart”. Since relocating to Atlanta, Jewel has performed in various venues across the city, such as, The 2008 Atlanta Jazz Festival with Ron James with an original piece “Jazz Baby”, “Poetic Soul Showcase” at Mocha Match, Java Monkey and several private events. She has also appeared on “Da Spoken Word Show” hosted by Chyna Holley as well as V-103 with Edna Parrish and on “Moments of Inspiration” with Rev. William Womack. Jewel was also the host of her own monthly poetry showcase, “Rhythm and Rhyme Nite.” In 2010, Jewel gathered a group of her poet friends to perform a benefit to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti’s. She has performed with The Poet Tree: Poetry & Circle Workshop at Fayette County Library. In 2013, Jewel served as the Atlanta leader for “100 Thousand Poets for Change” and 2017 the featured Poet/Performer for Georgia WAND, Mother’s Day for Peace for social and environmental justice. In 2018, Jewel performed her “Jazz Baby” poem for Jazz Matters at the Wren’s Nest Concert Series. She also performed for Justravaganza! Georgia’s Lifting Voices for Justice and the Partnership for Southern Equity’s Just Energy Summit at Morehouse College.
Jewel has been a driving engine working towards tangible successes in her own life and career and she has applied the same dedication, diligence, care, and attention to detail at Georgia WAND and has helped to set a higher bar for Georgia WAND’s We Count civic engagement program. We are excited to have such a wonderful addition to the team with proven credentials, and we look forward to supporting her to more greatness! Welcome Jewel!