Sept. 10, 2003

The Howard Center Hires New Vice President, Lawrence Jacobs

ROCKFORD, IL, Sept. 10, 2003 - The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society has hired a new Vice President for Development and Public Relations: Lawrence D. Jacobs. Larry comes to the Center from the Cincinnati, Ohio area where he has served for the past two years as President & CEO of Healthy Beginnings, a non-profit, Christian medical practice and healthcare ministry that provided medical care for women and babies in seven locations in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. Before that, he was a Manager of New Products and New Business Development at the Procter and Gamble Company where he helped launch new consumer products such as Dryel, Fit, and Febreze. He holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and both an M.A. (Economics) and M.F.S. (Natural Resource Policy) from Yale University. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer and they have two children, Amanda (age 7) and Aaron (age 4).

Larry was recently selected by the Cincinnati Business Courier to the 2003 Class of the Forty Under 40 Program, a recognition and awards program for business, economic and community leaders - all under the age of 40. "These leaders will help shape the Tri-State, given their already considerable professional achievements and community involvement," according to Doug Bolton, Publisher. These leaders were selected from a record number of 250 nominations and will be honored at a special awards banquet and half-day program on October 3-4 in downtown Cincinnati.

"We are excited to have Larry on board to increase our ability to shape ideas that make a positive difference in the lives of families, locally, nationally and internationally," said Howard Center President, Dr. Allan Carlson. "Larry's addition will help us gather the resources to continue our family research and promote pro-family policies through events such as the World Congress of Families, III scheduled for March 29-31 in Mexico City."


About The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society

The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society is an independent, non-profit research and education center that strives to be the leading source of fresh ideas and new strategies for affirmation and defense of the natural family, both nationally and globally.  The Howard Center is also the founder and organizer of the World Congress of Families project which unites people of goodwill who recognize that the family is the fundamental unit of society and coordinates the efforts of pro-family groups from more the 60 countries worldwide.

In terms of function, The Howard Center:

  • Shapes new ideas about the nature and status of the family and faith

  • Makes fresh scientific research on the family accessible and useful to family scholars

  • Creates effective national and international networks of family advocates

  • Magnifies ideas and influence through all forms of media

  • Provides expert opinions to public policy makers

Specific programs include:

  • Publishing three monthly periodicals (Family in America, New Research, and The Religion and Society Report)

  • Publishing weekly The Family Update, Online! a free email newsletter

  • Serving as administrator and co-convener of the World Congress of Families (WCF# 1 in Prague, 1997, WCF# 2 in Geneva, 1999, WCF# 3, March 29-31, 2004 in Mexico City, and WCF# 4 scheduled for 11-13 May 2007 in Warsaw, Poland)

  • Building the Swan Library of Family and Culture

  • Maintaining three active websites The Howard Center (, The World Congress of Families (, and The Family Manifesto (

  • Convening periodic lectures and special conferences

  • Sponsoring “The Kohler Fellows Program”, in support of young scholars

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