Howard Franklin

  • Howard Franklin is one of the South’s most sought-after political strategists. He has distinguished himself by running successful campaigns for first-time candidates, including State Sen. Jason Carter’s (grandson to President Jimmy Carter) 2010 special election and a 2009 race in the Cayman Islands, winning nine seats in Parliament to form a new government. Franklin has also played a role in major policy decisions, from helping Atlanta City Council win approval of a pension reform compromise to persuading Georgia’s largest counties to include foreclosures in property assessments. He founded Firehouse Phones in 2008, which quickly grew into the South’s “go-to” firm for progressive candidates by leading more than 200 telephone campaigns in 12 states. Last year, he launched, an online news service delivering the top 10 political stories to thousands of lawmakers and lobbyists across the state by 10 a.m. each day. Howard’s public sector career began at 23, when Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, tapped him to lead a effort to increase young adult civic participation. Since 2004, Howard has taught political organizing in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas and South Carolina for Wellstone Action. He was elected the first male president of the Georgia League of Women Voters (2010) and the first chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party’s African-American Caucus (2011). Howard earned dual degrees in English and sociology from Morehouse College in 2001.

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    August 15, 2013

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  • Conference program


    • August 15, 2013
      • 9:00 am - 9:50 amCheck In
      • 10:00 am - 11:00 amHow to Validate a Product Idea on $100 or Less
      • 11:00 am - 12:00 pmListening to your Users and Finding Your First True Fans
      • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
      • 12:30 pm - 1:15 pmBreakout Sessions/Startup Clinic