History of Fleeter & Associates



The firm of Howard Fleeter & Associates continues the business organization of Driscoll & Fleeter. Originally, the firm was created in 1991 as Levin & Driscoll by William P. Driscoll and Richard A. Levin. Both had previously served as deputy directors in the Ohio Department of Taxation. Dr. Howard B. Fleeter joined the firm in January 2002, bringing twelve years of academic experience as a faculty member at two major universities (Ohio State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) along with extensive public policy consulting experience. The addition of Dr. Fleeter resulted in a name change to Levin, Driscoll & Fleeter. In January 2007, Rich Levin left the firm to assume a position in Governor Strickland's cabinet as Ohio's Tax Commissioner. With Levin's departure, the firm became Driscoll & Fleeter. Finally, in December 2012 Bill Driscoll retired from public policy work to focus on other interests. On January 1, 2013 the firm became known as Fleeter & Associates



Howard Fleeter

Dr. Howard B. Fleeter received his BA from Northwestern University and a Ph.D in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.  He was a faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Management at Ohio State University from 1989-1999, where he taught courses in Public Sector Economics, Public Finance, and State and Local Government Finance.  He was a four-time recipient of the School’s “Faculty of the Year” award for excellence in teaching.  Fleeter was also a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1999-2001, where he taught courses in the Economics of Education and School Finance.  His research has focused on state and local government finance, education funding and education policy, and applied microeconomics. He joined Richard Levin and William Driscoll as a partner in the research and consulting firm Levin, Driscoll & Fleeter in 2002.   

Dr. Fleeter has extensive experience working with policymakers and stakeholders on issues of education and human services finance, tax reform and analysis, state budgeting, economic impact analysis, and other related policy issues.



University of California, Berkeley
PhD, Economics, 1989

Northwestern University
BA, Economics, 1983



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