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This profile was last updated on 12/3/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Founder and Executive Director

Phone: (212) ***-**** ext. ***  
Email: b***@***.org
Manhattan Youth
55 Warren Street
New York , New York 10007
United States

Company Description: The Downtown Community Center is a new branch of Manhattan Youth, an organization founded over twenty years ago to provide childcare, academic, recreational and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's degree , Social Administration
    Columbia University
  • MS
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Bob Townley, executive ..., 3 Dec 2015 [cached]
Bob Townley, executive director of Manhattan Youth, the Tribeca-based youth program, at Silver's trial on Mon, Dec. 23, during the case's closing statements.
Board of Directors, 18 Sept 2015 [cached]
Bob Townley, MS- Executive Director
Meet our Staff Leaders, 18 Sept 2015 [cached]
Bob Townley Founder and Executive Director
Manhattan Youth - Leadership, 18 Sept 2015 [cached]
Bob Townley, Founder and Executive Director
Bob's broad experience in nonprofit management is bolstered by a Master's degree in Social Administration from Columbia University. He has worked extensively with families in New York City, including homeless families at the Henry Street Settlement's Urban Family Center. His commitment to helping families secure employment and childcare has been the driving force in his work. Bob's other love is sports and recreation. In the mid-1980s he became Youth Coordinator of Community Board One, and he started Manhattan Youth in 1986 with Lower Manhattan parents. His commitment to social activism helped him organize community meetings and services for residents including successful advocacy efforts for parks, sports leagues and schools. In the aftermath of 9/11 Bob took the lead in organizing services for the downtown community.
Bob ranks as one of the longest-serving members of CB1. He is a member of the Hudson River Park Advisory Board, the Residents Advisory Board of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and he is a founder of the Downtown Soccer and Little Leagues. A native of Coney Island who grew up in Manhattan and Queens, he has lived in Tribeca and has been a Battery Park City resident for the past 15 years. Bob enjoys hiking, music about beaches and the ocean, he loves the gym in his building, and he is a die-hard fan of both the New York Giants and New York Jets!
In the News, 18 Sept 2015 [cached]
"It took us 60 days to get the first two levels back in operation," observes Bob Townley, executive director of Manhattan Youth, "but the deepest level of the community center complex is what took the direct hit from flood water. That's where we had 20 feet of standing water for many days after the storm. Mr. Townley says that overall repairs to the community center cost more than $2 million, "a big share of which went to the level we opened on Monday. Read more in the Broadsheet Daily »
As guests descended two flights of stairs to the level where food was served, they passed a blue line painted on the wall showing the height of the water and a photograph of executive director, Bob Townley, looking at it in dismay. Read more in the Downtown Express » Benefit with Friends - Manhattan Youth Raises Six Figures to Rehab Community Center
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