Niloofar Razi Howe is a fellow in New America's International Security Program. Howe has been an investor, executive and entrepreneur in the technology industry for the past 25 years, with a focus on cybersecurity for the past ten. Most recently Howe served as chief strategy officer and senior vice president of strategy and operations at RSA, a global cybersecurity company where she led corporate strategy, corporate development and planning, business development, global program management, business operations, security operations, and federal business development. Prior to RSA, Howe served as the chief strategy officer of Endgame, Inc., a leading enterprise software security company, where she was responsible for driving market and product strategy, as well as leading marketing, product management, corporate development, and planning. Prior to her operating roles, Howe spent twelve years leading deal teams in private equity and venture capital; first as a principal at Zone Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in Los Angeles, and then as managing director at Paladin Capital Group, a Washington, D.C. based private equity fund focused on investing in next generation security companies. Howe started her professional career as a lawyer with O’Melveny & Myers and as a consultant with McKinsey & Co.
Howe speaks regularly on national security, cybersecurity, technology, innovation, corporate governance, and corporate culture. She also created a TEDx talk entitled “The Gift of Exile” about the long-term opportunities that can arise from the most difficult challenges encountered in childhood for both the individuals who suffer the adversity and the communities that can accept and integrate such individuals.
Howe graduated with honors from Columbia College and holds a JD from Harvard Law School. She serves on the board of directors of Recorded Future, a leader in the threat intelligence market, is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves as an advisor to the U.S. government. Her non-profit work includes serving on the board of IREX, an international non-profit organization focused on promoting lasting change, as vice chair. Previously she served on the board of Global Rights, an international human rights organization, as chair, Sibley Memorial Hospital (a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine), as chair of its investment committee, and Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation, as vice chair.