Senior Vice President
Gary Townsend is a Senior Vice President at Englander Knabe & Allen. Active in politics since the 1960s, Gary has garnered an unrivaled expertise in government affairs and communications.
From 1990 to 2011, Gary served as Chief Deputy to the last four Los Angeles County Assessors. As Chief Deputy, Gary oversaw the largest assessment jurisdiction in the nation and an assessment roll of over one trillion dollars. Prior to working in the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office, Gary served as District Director for Congressman Matthew Martinez and Chief Deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Woo. He has also managed and participated in a variety of state, national, and local political high-profile campaigns where his personal insight and enthusiasm helped bring success to his clients and causes.
Gary attended California State University at Los Angeles where he was Student Body President and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He earned a Political Science Bachelor of Arts degree from the University in 1969 and later became President of the Alumni Association for a period. In 2004, the California State University at Los Angeles’ Alumni Association honored Gary with the University Service Award.
Gary is active in numerous charitable endeavors, including serving on the Board of Directors for First Tee of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Junior Golf Foundation, and the “Advot” Project. Gary resides in Los Angeles with his wife and enjoys reading and playing golf.