Frances Townsend, a career diplomat and the United States Secretary of Homeland Security in George W. Bush’s first term, is now working to bring people together as the President and CEO of APN Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping future political leaders become effective at leadership.
She served in the Bush Administration as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council. In this capacity, she provided the President with advice on homeland security issues, including counterterrorism strategy. As part of this work, she worked with state and local leaders to develop a plan to secure U.S. borders, identify vulnerabilities in our physical infrastructure, and improve information sharing among federal agencies. She also led efforts to reform federal emergency response and response to weapons of mass destruction incidents.
President Bush appointed her as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee and its executive subcommittee, the Secretary’s Homeland Security Council of Experts, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), the NIAC Critical Infrastructure Committee, and the Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Committee. She resigned her government post in November 2004 to brief candidates for President on homeland security issues during the campaign.
Besides her various academic and public positions, Townsend is a corporate officer at APN News & Media; she serves as Secretary for the board of directors.
Townsend was an attorney with a B.S. from the University of Colorado. She began her career in the Foreign Service in 1980, later serving as Ambassador to Afghanistan (2001–04). She also held the NATO position of Senior Advisor to the Director-General of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
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