A life long advocate for women, children and the underserved, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s career has focused on creating public and private partnerships to solve some of the most intractable problems facing America today.
Public and Private Sector Partnerships: Searching for Solutions to America’s Social Problems
Maryland's first woman Lt. Governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend took on the issues that the residents of Maryland cared about most, from improving schools to fighting crime, from economic development to ensuring that children and seniors get the quality health care they deserve. Every step of the way, she sought to draw citizens into the process and remained focused on getting results.
The eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, she has taught foreign policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has published articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Washington Monthly, among others. In the mid-eighties she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award - an award whose recipients now include the Comadres of El Salvador, Adam Michnic of Poland and Naude of South Africa. Mrs. Townsend currently serves on the boards of directors of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Civic Works, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and the Institute for Human Virology. She previously served on the boards of the Export-Import Bank, the Wilderness Society, and the Baltimore Urban League and was chair of the Robert Kennedy Memorial.