Frances Townsend is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs at MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, Inc. Townsend was a corporate partner at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP. Previously, she served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008. She previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004. Townsend is an on air contributor for CNN as a counterterrorism, national and homeland security expert. Prior to serving the President, she was the first Assistant Commandant for Intelligence for the U. S. Coast Guard. Before that, Townsend spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. Townsend is a Director and chairs the compensation committees of two private company Boards and serves as Director of a public company. She serves on numerous government advisory and nonprofit boards. Townsend chairs the Board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.