Our Team

Millie's Bookshelf is run by a dedicated group of individuals with experience ranging from the White House to refugee camps to top-tier public relations firms. We’re proud to feature a female-majority staff and over half of our team has roots in the Middle East or speaks the Arabic language.

Get to know some of our team members below!

Katie Howland

Founder | Executive Director

Katie is a global health advocate specializing in humanitarian settings. Prior to founding Millie’s Bookshelf, Katie served as the lead policy advocate for malaria programs at the United Nations Foundation and managed a 10-country midwifery training program in sub-Saharan Africa. She has experience working and traveling in 28 countries on five continents and serves on the Executive Committee for the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame. Katie was recently recognized as a finalist for San Diego Magazine's Nonprofit Visionary of the Year award. She previously served in the Obama White House and speaks English, Spanish, and Arabic.

Timothy Howland

Founder | Director of External Affairs

A veteran in nonprofit development and digital strategy, Tim has a decade of experience helping nonprofit and government clients reach their target audiences. He previously led National Taxpayer’s Union’s digital strategy as their Lead Product Developer and currently serves as a Senior Account Executive for San Diego public relations firm Southwest Strategies. In his role at SWS, Tim has been an integral part of multiple public affairs campaigns that have won national recognition for their innovative digital advocacy and communications approaches. Tim currently resides in San Diego and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Social Psychology from Susquehanna University.

Courtney Pittam

Manager of Strategic Messaging

Courtney is a published writer with a strong passion for feminism and gender equality. With experience developing strategic communications for a number of public and private clients, Courtney currently works as an Account Executive for San Diego public relations firm Southwest Strategies. A San Luis Obispo native, Courtney resides in San Diego and has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in Peace Studies from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Yomna A. Omar

Senior Global Programs Associate

Yomna joined Millie’s following the completion of her masters degree in Global Health from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Previously, Yomna provided interpretation services and delivered trainings on sexual and reproductive health in Greek refugee settlements. While earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the American University in Cairo, she also volunteered for a number of Egyptian social services organizations serving refugees, orphans, and underprivileged communities. Yomna currently resides in Canada and speaks English, Arabic, and French.

Ali Buck

Supporter Programs Associate

An oeno- and bibliophile with an MA in History from Leiden University in the Netherlands, Ali is Millie’s Supporter Programs Associate. After growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ali moved to San Francisco to study Latin American Studies & International Studies with a concentration in global politics. Over the past five years, she has lived on four continents, worked for three governments, and studied in two languages. At the moment, her favorite books include The Great Escape by Angus Deaton, Wine Reads edited by Jay McInerney, and The Displaced edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen. She currently resides in Amsterdam, where she also works for Uber on their Internal Communications team.