Douglas Howe is the founder and former president of Touchstone, a Seattle-based commercial real estate company. Touchstone’s primary activity was the development of urban infill projects; commercial office, technology, biotechnology R&D buildings and business hotels. Touchstone has been a leader in the commercial real estate industry in designing and building high performance, sustainable green buildings. Mr. Howe continues and builds on that tradition under Howe Family Holdings LLC, which currently owns a number of hotels including the Thompson Seattle, and is pursuing new projects in Seattle and Gig Harbor.
Howe is an ISB Board Director and Chair of the ISB Foundation Board. He also serves on the boards of Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association. He is Chairman and a Governor of the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate and Development Association) Research Foundation, Past Chair of the NAIOP (2009) and Past Chair of the Washington State Chapter of NAIOP (2004).
Howe received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Washington, his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Puget Sound, and certification from the Harvard University Real Estate Management Program: Finance, Design and Leadership.