Our Team

It is E.B. Howard Consulting’s ambition is to support the innovation ecosystem and promote inclusive economic growth. We believe inclusivity is imperative for innovation and building a strong and diverse economy where all our citizens thrive is essential.

We seek to intentionally grow the diversity of our staff across geography, gender, sexuality, race, belief, ability, and other realms and identities, in order to be reflective and inclusive of the diverse communities and missions of our clients. We actively take proactive steps to ensure a diverse applicant pool for any open positions. We believe that building a team with this in mind enables us to better serve the innovation ecosystem and the business community at large… together.


E.B. Howard Consulting strongly aligns with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and meets the requirements of Service Organization Control (SOC) – SOC 2 criteria and controls to protect customer and business data.

In addition, all individuals that work for E.B. Howard Consulting has completed training and certification through the National Institutes of Health training on information security, privacy, and security awareness training and has completed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research NIH Web-based training course “Protecting Human Research Participants” in addition to adhering to company-wide protocols and standard for data storage. Additionally, staff completed the Department of Education’s IES What Works Clearinghouse Group Design Standards Training through whatworks.ed.gov.


Leadership

Christine E.B. Howard

Christine E.B. Howard

Founder & CEO

Christine E.B. Howard is the Founder & CEO of E.B. Howard Consulting and passionate about equal and equitable access to funding (dilutive and non-dilutive) for historically underrepresented founders of start-ups.

She actively mentors and advises small businesses through programs like the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™), Columbia Technology Ventures, Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator, NYSERDA EIR Program, Startup Grind, and many others. She has also served as a pitch judge for start-up competitions like 43North, Female Founders in Tech  (FinTech) competition, E^3 and NYBPC, and many others.

She is a Buffalo/Niagara National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Past Board Member and Past President. She has served as Sponsorship Committee Chair, Programming Committee Chair, and Nominating Committee Chair. She is also an active member of the Chapter’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

Her awards include being listed the Haverling Hall of Distinction – Alumni Award in June 2019, and the Distinguished Alumni Award named as Parsons Community Service Award in October 2018 for her work with a small team of women business owners in addressing challenges encountered with the Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) processes in New York State.

Christine is a proud alumnus of the Corning Community College and University at Buffalo, the State University of New York holding two Bachelor’s Degrees and a Master’s Degree.

Her firm is certified as a women-owned business with NYS, NYC, and SBA.


Team of Experts

Since Christine founded E.B. Howard Consulting in 2013, the firm has secured more than $65 million in non-dilutive grant funding for organizations in the innovation ecosystem. Christine and her team have 15+ years of experience in preparing and securing funding from various federal agencies including, but not limited to, NIH, NSF, DOD, DoED, and DOE with a specific focus on SBIR/STTR (Phase I, Phase II, and FastTracks).

We believe that dilutive funding is a key tool for de-risking investments of potential investors. Our team is dedicated to guiding your non-dilutive funding efforts from the first identification of the most suitable opportunity through to submission and subsequent post-award reporting requirements.

Sarah Sarviss

Sarah Sarviss

Marketing & Business Development

Sarah brings 20+ years of experience in Sales & Business Management to the team. Her focus is on developing and implementing new solutions and strategies for clients focused on commercialization.

Sierra Ragoonanan

Sierra Ragoonanan

Strategic Development

Sierra has a background in sociology and experience in Florida state grants, various national service grants, 21st CCLC grants, other educational-focused grants, and program evaluation. She is also a certified trainer with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. 

Elizabeth Bunich

Elizabeth Bunich

Client Funding Strategist

Elizabeth has a rich background in grants and funding. Prior to employment with E.B. Howard Consulting, Elizabeth worked primarily in the municipal sector and wrote hundreds of grant proposals to state and federal agencies for everything from major infrastructure projects (water and sewer) to other public facilities, homeland security, environment, education, records management, community/economic development, and historic preservation.

Amber Clark

Amber Clark

Client Funding Strategist

Amber has a background in human services, psychology, health, and business management. Amber brings to the team experience with writing federal proposals (SBIR/STTR), foundation proposals, and contract development for various government agencies. Her focus is on collaboratively developing high-quality competitive proposals for our clients that ultimately are funded.

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