Bruce Townshend

Chief – Employer Engagement
ESGR, DoD

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Bruce Townshend is responsible for the planning, design and execution of proactive ESGR employer engagement initiatives to customers (Employers) and stakeholders (Guardsmen, Reservists and the Department of Defense). In this capacity he establishes and maintains frequent contact with corporate executives in a broad spectrum of industries, state government executives, mayors of major cities, and high-ranking military and Department of Defense officials to positively influence, motivate and persuade leaders – many of whom are skeptical – on the merits of ESGR programs and services.

Mr. Townshend is a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, where he enlisted in the Army in 1981 as a military policeman. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, 1987. He was commissioned as an officer in the Military Police Corps through ROTC. He is a 2004 graduate of the Defense Information School and is a qualified Public Affairs Officer. He served a combined total of 28 years in the Army and Army Reserve, with assignments in Alabama, Virginia and Washington, and overseas assignments in Panama and Germany. He has served in Korea and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 416th Engineer Command from Darien, Illinois, in 2003. For the final three years of his career, he mobilized with the Army Reserve, deeply involved with the primary development and implementation of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) as a project and program manager. He retired from the Army Reserve in 2011. He worked for the YRRP as a contract program manager until coming to ESGR in November, 2017.

Mr. Townshend and his wife, Robin, reside near Front Royal, Virginia. They have five grown children and eight grandchildren. Bruce is a firearms enthusiast and professional, an avid poker player, and is fiercely proud of his Scottish and Irish heritages. He has been to all 50 states.