Prince George’s County Gets New Latino Affairs Liaison in the OCE

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced today that Mrs. Samantha Howard has been hired as the County’s new Latino Affairs Liaison in the Office of the County Executive.

Mrs. Howard joins the County with over 18 years of experience serving as a community liaison in higher education and brings extensive knowledge of the County’s Hispanic/Latino population, community organizations, and partnerships, as well as a passion for fostering deep community relationships.

“We are excited to welcome Mrs. Samantha Howard as our new Latino Affairs Liaison,” said Alsobrooks. “With her background, knowledge, and expertise, we are confident that she will support our continued efforts to further connect with our County’s Hispanic/Latino community. Throughout this administration, we have remained committed to ensuring that our County Government represents all communities, and we will continue our collective efforts to support the needs of all who call this great County home.”

Prior to joining Prince George’s County Government, Mrs. Howard served as the Coordinator of Recruitment and Community Relations at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) for more than 15 years. In this role, she worked with underrepresented student populations, developed community partnerships, and expanded recruitment opportunities for the County’s Hispanic/Latino population. During Mrs. Howard’s tenure at PGCC, she advocated for inclusive language in the college’s universal application and led efforts to eliminate out-of-state tuition for undocumented County residents and Deferred Action for Childhood Residents (DACA) recipients.

“It is with sincere enthusiasm that I step into the Latino Affairs Liaison role,” said Mrs. Howard. “My passion for serving the Hispanic/Latino community and other underrepresented populations in Prince George’s County has driven me to remain focused and committed to the work. I am excited to start my next chapter in a role where I can leverage my experience and leadership for the benefit of my community.”

Mrs. Howard was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and became a Prince Georgian in 1999. She attended Prince George’s Community College, where she earned a General Studies Associate of Arts in Communication/Speech. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Mrs. Howard has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including being voted Mentor of the Year, as well as receiving the Student Services Cracker Jack Award and the Envision Success Star during her time with PGCC. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and four children. She and her family also enjoy attending cultural events and the theatre.

Mrs. Howard began her new role with the County on August 14, 2023.