by LINDA FRABL | photos by Forever Photography by Liberty

Humanitarian Newlyweds

Katie and Tim Howland enjoy being newlyweds in beautiful northern Poway, Katie’s hometown. (Incidentally, if you are wondering where you may have seen Katie before, she was crowned Miss Poway in 2008.) Happy to call Poway home, Tim exclaimed, “We love living here because it’s the perfect combination of slower country living and access to one of the most beautiful metropolitan areas in the country. Plus, we’re close to Katie’s family!”


The two met while both were working in Washington, D.C. in 2014, when Katie was managing a 10-country global health program for sub-Saharan Africa, and Tim was the lead product developer for a political nonprofit. Katie laughed, “We connected on Tinder three days before I was supposed to move back to California!” Tim added, “After a pretty amazing first date, Katie ended up sticking around in D.C. for a few more years, and the rest is history!”

Names: Timothy and Katie Howland
Community: Poway since 2017
Hometowns: Timothy – New Haven, CT; Katie – Poway
Occupations: Co-founders of Millie’s Bookshelf (humanitarian literacy nonprofit)
Pets: Shelby – Basset Hound; Pete – Giant African spurred tortoise
Favorite Local Spot: Old Poway Park – we got married under the gazebo!

What a history this power couple has made together! Both share a love of international travel and cultures, and between the two of them they speak four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. Their first big international trip as a couple was to visit Dubai and northern Vietnam, and this August the two will explore Thailand and Bali for a belated honeymoon. They can’t wait to collect more exotic souvenirs on their latest excursion, and Katie commented, “Our home is filled with art from all over the world!”


No stranger to exotic locales, Katie had managed a midwifery training program in Africa, and was a lobbyist for the United Nations Foundation. Deeply affected by the Syrian refugee crisis, Katie eventually quit her job in order to volunteer at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Now both Katie and Tim are committed to helping disadvantaged children all around the globe through the humanitarian literacy nonprofit they founded last year, called Millie’s Bookshelf (

Millie’s Bookshelf installs micro libraries and delivers reading programs for displaced children worldwide. Katie exclaimed, “Later this year, Millie’s Bookshelf will pilot its programs with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and we hope to expand to northern Iraq to serve survivors of the ISIS Yazidi genocide in 2020.” Tim professed, “We would love to get Powegians involved in our nonprofit’s mission to ensure that every child fleeing war and persecution has access to a good book.”