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The IRC in Florida announces new Executive Director

Miami, FL, Apr. 29, — The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Florida is thrilled to announce Justin Howell as our new Executive Director for the IRC’s offices in Atlanta, Miami and Tallahassee. Justin is a professional educator with over a decade of teaching experience working with international populations—originating in the DeKalb International Student Center (Georgia) where he worked with newly arrived refugee students with less than five years of education in their home countries—and has established public charter schools and developed community-based ESOL programs.  

In his close to ten years with the IRC, Justin has held a number of roles with increasing responsibility including Education and Learning Manager, Development Manager, Deputy Director of Programs, and most recently, Interim Executive Director. In his previous role as the Deputy Director of the IRC in Atlanta, Justin was instrumental in expanding the IRC’s increasingly diverse programming, growing from a $4.5 million to a $7.5 million operation in six years. Most recently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Justin led his team into a partnership that resulted in over 15,000 free tests provided in client communities and has now evolved to become a state-recognized provider, delivering Pfizer vaccines through mobile units with interpretation in 20+ languages. 

Justin has held several leadership positions in the community, as a past board member for the International Community School in Decatur and for Solutions for Interrupted Education and is a current member of Georgia State University's Alumni Advisory Council. In 2016, Justin served as the Religion and Public Life Fellow for the Religious Studies Department at Georgia State University and in 2017 served as the Religion and Public Life Scholar. Justin holds a M.Ed. in pedagogy and curriculum as well as a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, sociology, and biology. 

After a thorough and competitive recruitment process over the last two months with both internal and external candidates, Justin demonstrated the traits of leadership sought after by the team in Florida—acknowledgment and understanding of external events and issues impacting clients and staff from diverse backgrounds; a commitment to engaging with proactive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice work; open communication, collaboration and decision making; leading with empathy, compassion and respect; and a sustainable and balanced approach to work.

The IRC in Atlanta announces new Executive Director, Justin Howell. Photo: Cory Hancock

Contact Justin!  

Justin looks forward to connecting with community leaders, nonprofit partners, funders, donors and supporters of the IRC! You can reach Justin directly at Justin.Howell [at] Rescue.org, on +1 678-636-8929, or via LinkedIn

More about the IRC in Florida 

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Florida creates opportunities for refugees, immigrant youth and survivors of human trafficking to heal, integrate and thrive in Florida communities. A committed staff of professionals and volunteers work together to assist families and individuals in healing, reuniting and rebuilding their lives in Florida communities. The IRC in Florida offers a broad range of programs including resettlement and case management services for refugees and immigrant youth, and case management services for survivors of human trafficking and unaccompanied minors. The IRC in Florida has offices in Miami and Tallahassee.  

Learn more at Rescue.org/Miami and Rescue.org/Tallahassee or on Facebook