Jeff Howden

Chief Investment Strategist, Director of Family Office Services, Financial Advisor

Jeff Howden is an investment and wealth management professional. He started his career in 2000, working with Waldron Private Wealth in Pittsburgh, PA. A Chapel Hill native, Jeff and his family moved to Asheville in 2005 where he managed the North Carolina office for Waldron. During his tenure at Waldron, Jeff served in a variety of roles including Wealth Counselor, Director of Investments, Chief Investment Officer, Chief Investment Strategist and member of the Executive Team.

Jeff joined Altavista Wealth Management, Inc. in September 2015. He serves as Chief Investment Strategist and Director of Family Office Services. Within Altavista, Jeff is deeply engaged in educating his clients about the investment strategies and opportunities their wealth affords them. His focus is on developing customized investment strategies and the appropriate asset allocation given the overall estate and financial plan for the family’s goals. He is also heavily involved in economic and market research for the firm’s investment committee.

As Director of Family Office services, Jeff oversees the suite of wealth management and investment services for ultra-affluent individuals and families. These services include Family Governance, Legacy Planning, Philanthropic Consulting, Lifestyle Services, Trust Services, and comprehensive reporting along with investment management. Jeff serves as the point of contact for all members of each multi-generational engagement.

Jeff is a 1994 graduate of Furman University (B.A.) and holds an M. A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and an M.B.A. from Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.

He and his wife Nancy are raising twin boys, Frank and Charles. Jeff is an avid golfer and enjoys exercising and traveling.


"Highly personalized service is the hallmark of our team.Our focus is on the unique circumstances of each family we serve."