For more than 20 years, Frances Townsend has devoted herself to public service. In Sept. 11 attacks, Townsend was appointed by President George W. Bush as Homeland Security Advisor to Secretary Tom Ridge and served in that capacity for three years.
During this time, she developed a life-long relationship that continues to this day with the U.S. Secret Service’s Presidential Protection Division and its agents–many of whom are her friends and family members.
Townsend has served on the front lines of some of the country’s most significant challenges throughout her career. She began her service in government during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. In 1983, she was appointed as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education and served as the Administration’s Chief Counselor in the White House.
In 1989, as Deputy Counsel to President George H. W. Bush, Townsend played a central role in most national security issues during his presidency. In 1991, she left the White House to serve as the Securities and Exchange Commission Chair.
Just three years later, Townsend was named Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Her work for Attorney General Janet Reno during the Clinton Administration earned her a reputation as a practical, challenging, and fair-minded prosecutor.
Townsend is a Michigan State University graduate, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Political Science. She earned her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. Townsend is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has twice been named one of Washington, D.C.’s “100 Most Powerful Women” by the National Journal to know more click here.