PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 13, 2012: Howard L. Meyers, senior partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Business and Finance Practice in Philadelphia, today was named Chair of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's (PHS) Board of Directors.
PHS is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1827 to motivate people and communities to improve the quality of life through horticulture. As part of its mission, PHS produces the Philadelphia Flower Show, which is the largest indoor flower show in the world; operates the nation's most comprehensive urban greening program; and offers numerous activities and publications for novice gardeners, experienced horticulturists and flower lovers of all ages. The impact of PHS community improvement efforts can be seen in neighborhoods and public landscapes throughout Philadelphia.
Howard has helped fuel PHS's mission and greening programs as a member of the Council of PHS since 2002, of which he was named Vice Chair in 2008. "I've always admired PHS and have witnessed over the years what the organization has been able to accomplish in Philadelphia neighborhoods," says Meyers. He points to once unsafe parks and other open spaces in Philadelphia neighborhoods that have been "cleaned and greened" through PHS greening programs that involve community members creating and maintaining critical neighborhood assets.
In his new leadership role at PHS, Howard hopes to help solidify the Philadelphia Flower Show as the premier indoor flower show in the world, to grow the business community's involvement in PHS programs and to recognize and expand the role of volunteers in PHS programs. He also aims to expand the PHS brand beyond the Philadelphia region and collaborate with like-minded organizations nationwide in an effort to share and export best practices in community greening efforts.
Howard is in his 40th year with Morgan Lewis, having joined after earning his J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law in 1973. He has held a variety of critical roles at the firm including serving as firm managing partner from 1994 through 1996 and Philadelphia office managing partner from 2000 to 2006.
Howard devotes considerable time and effort to other local civic activities. He serves as a member of The William Penn Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors Philadelphia Chapter and the Committee of Seventy.
For information about other new members of the PHS Board of Directors, please see the PHS press release.