Marie Howard is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and graduate of Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida, where her husband Samuel Johnson Howard serves as Bishop of the Diocese of Florida. A volunteer in the community and the Church, she served on the board of Episcopal Children’s Services, which is engaged in early childhood care and education, during which she obtained increased publicity and private contributions for ECS. Currently, she is serving an extended term on the board of the American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome. She has been active in ministries for women and youth, speaking on spiritual topics and life in Christian community at a variety of parish and diocesan events. Prior to her husband leaving the practice of law for seminary, she was employed as a stockbroker and banker. Her husband and she have two sons pursuing doctoral studies, one in theology at Cambridge University; the other, in art history and architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University.