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

Executive Director | Global Programs Director

Katie is a global health and literacy advocate specializing in humanitarian settings. As the Executive Director of Millie's Bookshelf, Katie's work to mitigate book deserts in displaced communities has been recognized via media spotlights on MSNBC, local NBC outlets around the country, and in The Hill. She has been honored as a 2020 MOXIE Awardee, a 2019 Rising Aztec by San Diego State University, and a finalist for San Diego Magazine's Nonprofit Visionary of the Year award. Prior to founding Millie’s, Katie served as the lead policy advocate for malaria programs at the United Nations Foundation and managed a 10-country global health program in sub-Saharan Africa. She has experience working and traveling in 29 countries and guest lectures on the geopolitics of forced migration in the Middle East. Katie previously served in the Obama White House and speaks English, Spanish, and Arabic.

Timothy Howland

Co-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.

Rebecca Maxie

Senior Advisor, Strategic Engagement

Rebecca is a movement-building strategist with 14 years of experience enacting change. She currently serves as the Senior Manager of Grassroots Advocacy at the United Nations Foundation, guiding individuals on best practices to improve their communities and the world around them. Prior to joining UNF, Rebecca spent over a decade working on and managing political campaigns through leadership roles in political consulting firms. Rebecca earned her BA in Political Science from the University of the Pacific in California, her MPS in Political Management from George Washington University, and is an alumna of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Rebecca currently lives in Washington, D.C.

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. Currently, she serves as Project Coordinator for the Legal Education for Refugee Women project at the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians. Prior to this role, 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.

Courtney Pittam

Communications Associate

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.