Howard Wu was born in Chengdu, China and came to America at the age of three. He was sitting on his couch in Arcadia, California when he saw Anderson Cooper reporting live on the Haitian earthquake of 2010. It was in that moment that he realized that he had a deep desire to help his fellow human beings.
He has a tested resiliency as a Firefighter-EMT and disaster responder, and is absolutely calm and objective under high-stress situations. His first Operations Chief and the founder of Basecamp-Expeditions attests, “Yes, I would run into a burning building with this man. There are not that many folks I can say that about,” and that “if Howard tells you ‘I got this’ he really does.”
Howard’s undergraduate studies at Boston University in Foreign Policy cemented his love for military history and our interconnected world. He is also a master’s candidate at The University of Chicago in Threat and Response Management, where he has the good fortune of learning alongside amazing classmates, such as the uniformed officers of our great nation’s police and fire departments, the avant-garde of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and various industry leaders in emergency management.
He has a love/hate relationship with hiking and weight lifting after his experiences as a wildland-firefighter. He accepts children as necessary for society and humanity, but more often prefers huskies. His rescued Terrier, Echo, likes neither.