Howard Schweitzer

Member, CEO, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Washington, D.C.

(202) 912-4855

(202) 640-5932

Howard is CEO of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies and served in high-level political and executive appointments in the Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations, including a pivotal role in the federal government’s financial crisis response as Chief Operating Officer of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Howard counsels clients regarding a variety of regulatory and policy issues before the U.S. government and represents clients before U.S. Executive Branch agencies and Congress. 

In October 2008, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson appointed Howard as the first COO of TARP. In this position, Howard led program execution and built the TARP infrastructure. He served as a key point person regarding the financial crisis through the presidential transition and continued to serve as TARP COO under Secretary Timothy Geithner until August 2009. In this position, Howard played a critical role in overseeing the program administration and was responsible for ensuring that multiple agencies and government parties were aligned and coordinated in their understanding of the program and its priorities.

Prior to his Treasury appointment, Howard was appointed by President Bush as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief ethics officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). In this capacity, he was Ex-Im Bank's principal legal and corporate governance officer. Howard began his career at Ex-Im Bank during the Clinton administration and throughout his tenure was involved in negotiating the bank's most complex international financial transactions. Howard also played a key role in managing the bank's $60 billion credit portfolio and in interfacing with other executive branch agencies and Congress. Howard served as a trusted adviser to five bank chief executives in both Republican and Democratic administrations and ran the Senate confirmation process for more than 20 presidential nominees.

Upon his departure from the Treasury, Secretary Geithner awarded Howard the Treasury's Distinguished Service Award for his role in creating TARP and responding to the financial crisis. He also received the Export-Import Bank Chairman's Award in 2003 for his service to the U.S. exporting community.

Howard often contributes political and policy commentary to various leading TV, print, and radio media. His appearances include op-eds in Fortune, Forbes and The Daily Caller; guest slots on CNN and POTUS Politics; and commentary in The Washington Post and CNN. He also co-leads Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies’ political series and podcast, which provides analysis and insight on political and policy developments in Washington.

He earned his law degree from George Washington University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in history, with distinction, from the University of Michigan.

Experience

News

These 12 Lobbyists are Fighting to Shape Cryptocurrency's Future on Capitol Hill

October 19, 2021

Howard Schweitzer and Patrick Martin, respectively CEO and Managing Director of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, were featured in Business Insider as two of the 12 influential digital-currency advocates and lobbyists who are shaping the cryptocurrency discourse on Capitol Hill.

Bitcoin Fans Are Suddenly a Political Force

August 16, 2021

Howard Schweitzer was quoted in the Wall Street Journal discussing the impact cryptocurrency has had on politics lately.

Election-Reform Debate Poses Risks for Companies that Weigh in on Legislation

April 15, 2021

Howard Schweitzer was quoted in an article by Investment News arguing that one of the biggest challenges facing big businesses today is determining whether they should speak out on election reform laws that are proliferating across the country.

Can an Employer Fire Workers Who Are Scared to Return to the Office?

March 01, 2021

Howard Schweitzer and Michael Schmidt were quoted in SHRM discussing what businesses should do if an employee refuses to come back to work when they re-open.

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Lockdowns

January 22, 2021

Howard Schweiter and Michael Schmidt were quoted in SHRM about what employers have learned during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Making the Push

February 03, 2020

In its January 2020 edition, the Chicago Lawyer magazine highlights the work of the Chicago office of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, particularly Darren Collier’s efforts to shape the 2020 legislative agenda.

Happy New Year from Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies

January 01, 2018

Howard Schweitzer and Mark Alderman look back at 2017 and highlight a few of the ways it was year of change for Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies.

Trump Agenda In Focus: Can CEOs Remain Confident?

June 06, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses Trump's agenda on CNBC.

Trump's Outlook Going From Bad to Worse

March 30, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses Trump's outlook on CNN.

Here are 5 things President Trump can't change [The Hill]

February 02, 2017

Mark Alderman, chairman, and Howard Schweitzer, managing partner, of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies published an op-ed in The Hill, “Here are 5 things President Trump can't change,” regarding irrevocable tenets of DC.

Donald Trump's Early Crisis [CNN]

January 31, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, was quoted in an article on CNN.com, “Donald Trump's early crisis,” about the recent immigration executive order and the dismissal of acting attorney general Sally Yates.

Publications

The Beltway Briefing - Return of the Old-School Political Scandal

February 21, 2021

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Patrick Martin, and Stuart Shorenstein discuss the impact of the current scandals and whether they seem to indicate the return to old-school, rough-and-tumble, hardball-style politics.

Summary and Analysis of Key Provisions of the CARES Act

March 28, 2020

Members of Cozen O'Connor's Coronavirus Task Force provide analysis of the CARES Act and how it will impact small businesses, distressed industries, employers and employees, taxes, and the health care, real estates, and energy industries.

The Beltway Briefing – Latest Trump Administration & Congress News, 2020 Primaries & Predictions

February 21, 2019

On our second Beltway Briefing of the new year, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discussed the latest news from the Trump Administration and the 116th Congress, broke down the most recent developments in the 2020 primaries (which seem to be in full force!), and predicted what we could expect in the months ahead.

The Beltway Briefing – New Year, New Congress, Same Government Shutdown

January 09, 2019

On our first Beltway Briefing of the new year, Howard Schweitzer, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss where Washington stands on Day 19 of this partial government shutdown (with seemingly no end in sight), what bipartisan legislation might look like from the new 116th Congress, and how the Democratic presidential politics of 2020 are beginning to shape up.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Post Election: Where Are We Now

November 08, 2018

On our final episode of The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, and Blake Rutherford analyze Tuesday’s election results with a view toward how the outcomes will impact policymaking in Washington heading into 2019. The team also discusses the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and look forward to what the 2020 presidential election may bring.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Live Election Day Edition

November 06, 2018

On today’s special, live election day edition of our Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford give their final predictions and analysis before polls close.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Less Than a Week to Go

October 31, 2018

On this week’s (Halloween!) edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, and Blake Rutherford discuss the state of the midterms with less than 7 days until the ballots are counted.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Special General Election Edition

October 30, 2018

On this podcast, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies Managing Partner Howard Schweitzer and Former Virginia Attorney General and member of the Cozen O’Connor State AG group Jerry Kilgore join Blake Rutherford to discuss the highlights of key incumbent and open seat races in the 31 State AG elections in 2018.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – 19 Days Left

October 17, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Blake Rutherford, Kaitlyn Martin, and Hope Sheils discuss the state of the midterms with only 19 days left to go.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Kavanaugh is In, What’s Next?

October 11, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterms podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss fresh polling numbers and campaign messaging in the wake of the Kavanaugh nomination.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Kavanaugh, Midterms and Millennials

October 03, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss the continuing controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and what it means for the midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Rosenstein Revelations, This Week’s Brett Kavanaugh Hearings, and Midterm Analysis

September 24, 2018

On this week’s call, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss the breaking news surrounding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in light of revelations he’s discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, the ongoing news surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, and the lens through which voters may view this ongoing “chaos in Washington” heading into November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – SCOTUS, Tariffs, and November Impacts

September 18, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discussed the uncertain path forward with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and the Trump Administrations’ new round of tariffs on China – and the ways these issues could influence the midterm elections. Howard, Mark and Blake also examined the latest polling and fundraising data in key Senate, House, and Governor’s races.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Is a Blue Wave Coming?

September 13, 2018

It’s 53 days until the midterms, and with seemingly every day bringing new breaking news about the president, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic Strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden presidential transition team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford had a lot to discuss.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Two Months to November

August 29, 2018

With a little over two months to go before the midterm election, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer and Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman discuss some of their predictions for November and analyze several highly-watched races that could tip the balance of power in Washington.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Special Pennsylvania Politics Edition

August 22, 2018

On this special edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, CPS’s managing partner, interviews Jim Davis, director of our Pennsylvania Public Strategies practice, about the current political climate in Pennsylvania.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Special New York Politics Edition

August 15, 2018

On this special edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections call, Howard Schweitzer, CPS’s Managing Partner, interviews Katie Schwab, Rose Christ and Ken Fisher of our New York City office about the current political climate in New York, the recent activism we’ve been seeing by the City Council and Mayor’s Office – particularly as it relates to the “disruptors” like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb – and the team’s thoughts on the closely-watched Governor and State Attorneys General races in New York.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – The Midterm Impacts of Trump’s Trade, Immigration & Health Care Policies

July 24, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford analyzed the impacts President Trump’s trade, immigration and health care policies are likely to have on local races this November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections: Fallout from Helsinki, Nomination of Kavanaugh & November Impact

July 18, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discussed the fallout from President Trump’s meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, reaction to Trump’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, and the ways these issues and more could move voters in November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – A Focus on the Senate Map

June 14, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford break down the top U.S. Senate races to watch and began making their predictions for November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Super Tuesday

June 05, 2018

The Super Tuesday of 2018 has arrived and today, voters in eight states go to the polls to cast votes in highly watched primary elections.

The Beltway Briefing – Welcome, Senator Evan Bayh

May 17, 2018

On today’s call, we welcomed a special guest – former two-term U.S. Senator and Governor of Indiana Evan Bayh, who recently joined Cozen O’Connor and Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies. Joining Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford, Senator Bayh shared insights from his time serving on the Senate Intelligence Committee and underscored his support for the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the next Director of the CIA. The conversation touched on the Trump administration’s impact on international affairs, as well as the economy.

The Beltway Briefing - Charting the Changing Personnel Dynamics within the Trump White House

April 05, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford walk through the ever-changing personnel dynamics within the Trump White House, including who’s left from the president’s original cabinet and West Wing staff, who’s new, and why it matters for future policy decisions.

President Proposes Boost to Maritime Infrastructure Investment [Public Strategies Alert]

March 01, 2018

Howard Schweitzer, Robert Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss the president's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America."

Beltway Briefing: February 26

February 26, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discuss the politics of the day including the potential for Congress to pass meaningful gun control and immigration reform measures, redistricting in Pennsylvania, and the White House’s recently-released infrastructure proposal – all against the backdrop of the 2018 Midterm elections.

The White House’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America [Public Strategies Alert]

February 15, 2018

Howard Schweitzer and Rob Freeman discusses the Trump administration’s highly anticipated “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America,” a 53-page document highlighting the White House’s core principles for rebuilding and revitalizing the nation’s aging infrastructure.

The Beltway Briefing – The State of the State of the Union

February 07, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford share reactions from last week’s State of the Union Address, explore the likelihood of a government shutdown and analyze the outlook for the 2018 Midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing – Welcome to 2018

January 11, 2018

On our first call of the new year, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford dive into the impact of passage of last year’s sweeping tax reform bill, the prospects for reaching a bipartisan deal on DACA, the impending threat of a government shutdown, and what this all means for the 2018 Midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing – Analyzing Congress’s Year-End Agenda

December 06, 2017

GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford break down Congress’ busy year-end agenda as we head into the final month of the year.

The Beltway Briefing – Breaking Down the Results of Tuesday Night’s Elections

November 09, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford debrief on the results of Tuesday's gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and analyze what it means for Washington.

The Beltway Briefing – How Will the News of Today Shape 2018 Midterms & the VA Gubernatorial Race?

October 30, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss the upcoming race for Governor in Virginia.

The Beltway Briefing – What’s New in the Trump Administration and on Capitol Hill?

October 11, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss recent developments in the Trump administration and on Capitol Hill, including prospects for tax reform in our current legislative landscape.

Congressional Hearing: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design [Hot Button Blog]

April 07, 2017

House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations March 21st, 2017 Witnesses: The Honorable Theodore Olson, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Professor Saikrishna Prakash, James Monroe Distinguished Professor, University of Virginia School of...

Special Policy Briefing: Tax Reform [Hot Button Blog]

March 30, 2017

On Tuesday, March 28, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies hosted a special briefing on the prospects and impending efforts surrounding tax reform in Washington, D.C. I was joined by Dawn O’Donnell, former tax counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, who we have formed a partnership with to help clients...

Beltway Briefing: Special Tax Policy Briefing

March 30, 2017

Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in Washington, D.C.

Beltway Briefing: March 21

March 27, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in D.C.

Beltway Briefing: Agenda for Remaining First 100 Days

March 21, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in D.C.

House Judiciary Committee Hearing: The Department of Homeland Security’s Proposed Regulations Reforming the Investor Visa Program [Hot Button Blog]

March 10, 2017

March 8, 2017 Panel One Witnesses: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), President Pro Tempore Panel Two Witnesses: Rebecca Gambler, Homeland Security and Justice Team, U.S.  Government Accountability Office Sam Walls...

Policy Progress Amidst Chaos

March 10, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Kevin Washo, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the events that have unfolded since the president's speech to the joint session of Congress.

Cozen O'Connor Policy Progress Amidst Chaos? [Hot Button Blog]

March 08, 2017

Listen to the latest episode of our podcast, the Beltway Briefing, to hear our take on the latest developments in DC - Presidential Twitter habits, White House functionality, and the emerging debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act....

Emergence of the Presidential President Trump

March 01, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress.

Beltway Briefing: Efforts to Right the Ship

February 27, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in D.C.

Beltway Briefing: Administration Growing Pains

February 15, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in DC.

Five Washington Realities for President Trump’s Consideration

February 08, 2017

Last week, we published an op-ed, “Here are Five things President Trump can't change,” in The Hill discussing long-established and irrevocable rules of how D.C. works that Trump and his team need to factor into their thought process to advance the administration’s agenda.

Beltway Briefing: White House Dynamics

February 07, 2017

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the major events that have happened in politics.

Beltway Briefing: The Trump Administration Takes Off

January 31, 2017

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies discuss the first two weeks of new political order in DC and the policy priorities at the top of the agenda.

Speaker Ryan Address Congressional Republican Agenda with Politico [Hot Button Blog]

January 30, 2017

On January 27th, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan sat down with Politico Playbook to outline Congressional Republicans’ policy agenda. Following the Republican retreat in Philadelphia, which featured a speech from the new president, and a flurry of executive orders, Paul Ryan launched what he called...

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Health Law 2021

December 07, 2020 - Webinar

Executive Forum: Insights into the Region

September 30, 2020 - Webinar

2019 Richmond Subrogation Seminar

October 16, 2019 - Richmond, VA

Beltway Briefing: February 21

February 21, 2019 - Conference Call/Podcast

The Beltway Briefing: New Year, New Congress

January 09, 2019 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections Call

July 18, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Our Next Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections

June 26, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections

June 14, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: May 17

May 17, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Policy Spotlight Call: The Politics and Policy of Cannabis

April 25, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: April 5

April 05, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 14 2018

March 14, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 26

February 26, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: January 11

January 11, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

2017 Health Law Year In Review

December 06, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Beltway Briefing: December 5

December 05, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: 2017 Gubernatorial Elections in VA and NJ

November 09, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: October 26

October 26, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: October 11

October 11, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: June 13

June 13, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

PBI Public Utility Law Conference

May 31, 2017 - Harrisburg, PA

Beltway Briefing: First 100 Days Evaluation

May 02, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

EB-5 Legislative Update

May 01, 2017 - Webinar

Beltway Briefing: Three Months with President Trump

April 20, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 28

March 28, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 21

March 21, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 14

March 14, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 7

March 07, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 1

March 01, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 23

February 23, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 15

February 15, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 7

February 07, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: The Trump Administration Takes Off

January 31, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1995
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1991
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey