Executive Vice President for Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs, MacAndrews and Forbes

Townsend is an executive vice president for Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs at MacAndrews and Forbes Incorporated. From 2004 to 2008, Townsend served as assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council. She also served as deputy national security advisor for Combatting Terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004. Townsend is President of the Counter Extremism Project.