Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Kathleen Townsend has a long history of accomplishments in the public arena, and for the last decade, in the private sector. She is currently a director at the Rock Creek Group, an investment management company. Previously, she worked at Lehman Brothers.
As the state of Maryland’s first woman lieutenant governor, Townsend was in charge of a multimillion-dollar budget and had oversight of major cabinet departments, including Economic Development and Transportation, State Police, Public Safety and Correction, and Juvenile Justice. Previously, she served as deputy assistant attorney general of the U.S. In that role, she led the planning effort to put 100,000 police officers into the community and ignited the Police Corps, a program to give college scholarships to young people who pledge to work as police officers for four years after graduation.
Prior to serving at the Justice Department, Townsend spent seven years as the founder and director of the Maryland Student Service Alliance where she led the fight to make Maryland the first and only state to make service a graduation requirement.
She taught foreign policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has been a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She has served as a special advisor to the U.S. Department of State, as a Paul Nitze senior fellow at St. Mary’s College, and as a Woodrow Wilson fellow. In the eighties, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
An honors graduate of Harvard University, she received her law degree from the University of New Mexico where she was a member of the law review. She has also received ten honorary degrees. She is a member of the bar in Maryland, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and a certified broker-dealer.
Townsend’s book, Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches Mixed God with Politics and Lost Their Way was published in March 2007.
The eldest child of the late U.S. senator and attorney general, Robert F. Kennedy, and Ethel Kennedy, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, David, a professor at St. John’s College in Annapolis. They have four daughters, Meaghan, Maeve, Kate, and Kerry and a wonderful grandchild, Gideon.