Board of Directors
Frances Fragos Townsend, Chair
Frances Fragos Townsend is the Executive Vice President at MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, Inc. Townsend was a corporate partner at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP.
Previously, Townsend 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. Moreover, she 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.
Currently, Townsend is an on-air contributor for CNN as an expert on counterterrorism, national security, and homeland security. She is a director and chairs the compensation committees of three private companies’ boards of directors and serves as a director of two public companies. She serves on numerous government advisory and nonprofit boards. In addition, she is a former chair of the Board of Directors of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and is a member of the board of the Bipartisan Policy Council. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.
H. Lowell Brown
H. Lowell Brown has practiced law in Falmouth, Maine since 2000. A former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and an Assistant General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Brown was Assistant General Counsel of Northrop Grumman Corporation from 1991-2000. He has served as an independent special compliance officer for Raytheon Corporation and the DIRECTV Group to oversee compliance requirements of consent agreements entered into with the United States Government.
Brown currently serves as a director of two foreign-owned corporations that provide goods and services to the U.S. government. In addition, he chairs the Board of Trustees of the Bangor Theological Seminary and serves as a member of the board of Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls, and as a director of the Maine Bar Foundation.
Brown is a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Maine School of Law and is a frequent speaker on white collar crime. He has written law review and journal articles concerning compliance programs as well as the ethical and legal issues facing corporate counsel in regard to internal investigations. He is the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors in Presidential Impeachment, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
William P. Crowell
William P. Crowell is a Partner at Alsop-Louie Partners in San Francisco, which specializes in portfolio companies that serve as the foundation of the emerging Internet ecostructure. He is also an independent consultant specializing in information technology, security, and intelligence systems. He is a director of a number of companies providing data protection and Internet security and has served as Chairman or President and CEO of a number of security product or services companies until their acquisition.
Prior to his employment in the private sector, Crowell held a series of senior positions in operations, strategic planning, research and development in the National Security Agency. He served as Deputy Director of Operations from 1991 to 1994, running its core signals intelligence mission. In February 1994, he was appointed as the Deputy Director of NSA and served in that post until his retirement in September 1997. In April 1999, Crowell was appointed to the President’s Export Council (PEC), which advised the administration on trade and export policy. After 9/11, Cowell served on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, which published three landmark studies on homeland security and information sharing. He has also served on numerous panels to investigate and improve military command and control, intelligence and security systems. In August 2007, he was named Chairman of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Senior Advisory Group. Crowell is an expert on network and information security issues. In December 2008, Security Magazine selected him as one of the 25 most influential people in the security industry. In May 2007 he co-authored the book, Physical and Logical Security Convergence, published by Elsevier.
William T. Vinson
William T. Vinson is a Director and the Chairman of the Westminster Free Clinic (pro bono), which provides free medical services to the homeless and working poor.
He also has assisted many major corporations in acquisition and corporate governance matters. Vinson retired in 1998 as the Vice President and Chief Counsel of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of Lockheed Corporation (1992) and prior to that as Vice President-Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of Lockheed Corporation (1990).
Vinson joined Lockheed in 1975 as an attorney, serving as counsel on various major domestic and international programs, including those related to fleet ballistic missiles, strategic defense, space station, international launch joint ventures, offshore oil recovery and commercial ocean mining. In 1990, he moved to the corporate headquarters, where he served as counsel to management in a number of diverse legal situations.
Vinson has been a speaker on numerous occasions in the areas of US Government Procurement Law, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions and the FCPA, and has been included in "Who’s Who in American Law” and “Who’s Who in America."