A. Preston Howard, Jr., P.E., President
Preston joined NCMA in March 1999. He came to the Alliance from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) where he served as director for the Division of Water Quality since 1992. His career with the Department spans more than 22 years including managing statewide regulatory programs in environmental protection, overseeing permitting and rulemaking for industrial and municipal facilities, leading inspection compliance programs, representing the department to the N.C. General Assembly, and managing a combined workforce of over 500 state employees in five Raleigh and seven regional offices.
North Carolina Public Managers Program 1990
Professional Engineer's Registration - N.C. Board of Registration for Engineers and Land Surveyors 1982
B.S. Civil Engineering - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1978
A.S. Engineering Technology - Wake Technical Community College 1974
Donna Pittman, Office Manager
Donna Pittman is the Office Manager. Donna joined NCMA in 2007 and has over 23 years of administrative experience. Donna worked for the Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Division of Water Quality for over 16 years in various administrative positions throughout the Division. Eight of her years with the Division, Donna was the executive assistant to the Director.
Jimmy Carter, Director of Communications and Regulatory Affairs
Jimmy Carter brings environmental regulatory experience to NCMA, having served for 30 years in North Carolina's lead environmental agency - what is now the Department of Environmental Quality - where he rose to the position of Assistant Secretary before retiring from state government in 2010.
After enjoying retirement for all of a month, Jimmy joined Solutions-IES, a Division of Draper Aden Associates (an NCMA business partner) as Senior Consultant. In addition to his consultation responsibilities at Solutions-IES, Jimmy held a concurrent role as Director of Marketing and Business Strategies for EOS Remediation (a subsidiary of Solutions-IES) where he managed print and on-line marketing for EOS in-situ remediation technologies; coordinated promotions for Asian markets; maintained social media online accounts; planned and implemented marketing campaigns that included webinars and "how-to" videos; and designed, installed, and maintained the company websites.
Chief Information Officer (CIO) Certification, UNC-CH School of Government 2007
Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Certification 2007
School for Managing and Leading Change, Triangle Learning Consortium 2000
North Carolina Public Managers Program 1998
B.A. Zoology, UNC-CH 1978