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.
commitment to helping families secure employment and childcare has been the driving force in his
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.
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.
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!