Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Ms. Townsend is a Managing Director at the Rock Creek Group. She is also the founder of the Center for Retirement Initiatives at Georgetown University. As the State of Maryland's first woman Lt. Governor, Ms. Townsend was in charge of a multimillion dollar budget and had oversight of major cabinet departments.  Prior to that, Ms. Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States and 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.

In the mid-1980s, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.  Ms. Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue.  An honors graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Townsend received her law degree from the University of New Mexico where she was a member of the law review. Ms. Townsend’s book, Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches Mixed God with Politics and Lost Their Way, was published by Warner Books in March 2007.