NCMA Staff

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.

Education: 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

James M. Kuszaj, Director of Communications


James M. Kuszaj, Ph.D., J.D., is Director of Communications. Dr. Kuszaj has over 38 years of experience working with a variety of industries on a full range of environmental, heralth and safety matters. Before joining NCMA in February, 2000, Dr. Kuszaj practiced law in Raleigh, North Carolina where he specialized in environmental legislative and regulatory issues for fourteen years. Prior to that, he held positions with the Dow Chemical Company as Manager of Environmental Legislation, Manager of Environmental Regulatory Affairs, Counsel of Environmental Law and Patent Attorney.

Dr. Kuszaj is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, where he received a B.A. in chemistry from St. Louis University.He also earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and a J.D. in law from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.