Matt Howsare '04
Chief of Staff
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
B.A. in government, Wofford College (2004)
J.D., South Carolina School of Law (2007)
In June of 2010, Howsare was appointed as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. As the senior most advisor to the chairman, Howsare has an executive role in establishing the agency’s regulatory agenda, budget, and strategic plan and vision.
Howsare has traveled across the U.S. and to Canada, Singapore, Vietnam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Brussels and Spain helping to establish new domestic and international partnerships and emphasizing the importance of compliance with safety requirements for consumer products. He also played a leadership role in the legal interpretation and policy implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
Prior to joining the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Howsare worked as an attorney at the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough in Columbia, S.C. During his time in private practice, Howsare volunteered as a special prosecutor for the S.C. Attorney General’s Criminal Domestic Violence pro bono program.