Wardell Townsend

“Executive Coach” Senior Associate

Mr. Townsend is an experienced facilitator, mediator, coach and consultant.

Having served over twenty-five years as a leader in both public and private sectors, his expertise is consulting and advising on developing and sustaining business activities with the federal government, particularly those that involve trade and commerce, international relations, information technology and congressional relations.



As the former Assistant Secretary for Administration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Mr. Townsend was responsible for 113,000 employees and a $90 billion budget. One of his initiatives resulted in annual savings of more than $14 million in reduced transaction costs for credit card purchases. His oversight included labor-management relations, information resource management (computerization and telecommunications), building operations and maintenance, procurement and contracting, civil rights and advocacy programs, hazardous waste management and federal emergency functions

As a coach and consultant Mr. Townsend provides skilled feedback resulting in outcomes appropriate to sensitive matters. He coaches existing and prospective management executives on strengthening their leadership roles. His clients have benefited from his assistance concerning:

  • Recognizing and Avoiding Career Derailment
  • The Strategic Alignment of Business Development to the Federal Government Culture
  • Organizational Change
  • Cultural Diversity and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Strategic Planning
  • Executive Team Development
  • Organizational Cultural Examination and Perspectives
  • Network Building for Career Development

As the president of his own firm, Townsend Dantai, and a principal in the firm, Compubahn, Inc., based in Bethesda, MD., Wardell has been engaged in coaching congressional members; consulting on farm land acquisition, non-food agricultural production, and federal contracts; wireless technology planning and deployments, business process improvements, and IT services; public speaking on topics ranging from governmental and international relations to cultural examinations to project analysis.

His ability to tailor his coaching approach to the needs of the client is reflected in his diverse background: Senior Policy Advisor, 1992 Presidential Translation Team on issues of labor, civil rights, and community development. Administrator of the 2nd Congressional District of Mississippi, reporting to the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Legislative Director and Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Espy. Projects Director to Congressman Doug Applegate. Projects Director for Congressman James McClure Clarke. Business Development Manager for the Cherokee Business Development Center, Asheville, NC Office. Director, Community Development Department, Henderson County, NC. Planning and Development Manager for the Human Resource Development Foundation in Morgantown, W. Va. Health Educator/Community Outreach Coordinator for the Association for Sickle Cell Disease, Inc., in Charlotte, NC.


Post Graduate Studies: Organizational Psychology, Southern California Univ. for Professional Studies, Santa Ana, CA 9/93-1/00; Sociological Theory, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 9/84-1/87.

M.A., Social Work Administration, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1979 Certification, Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), 1982

B.S., Social Welfare and Psychology; minor in Finance, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, 1975

Current Professional, Civic, and Social Organizations

National Association of Social Workers; Academy for Certified Social Workers (ACSW); Diocesan Investment Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC; Japanese American Citizens League; Okinawa-kai of Washington, DC; Faith and Politics Institute Board of Directors (Chairman); Western Carolina University Foundation Board of Directors.

Mr. Townsend is married to Diane Martin, an executive with USAC (Universal Services Administrative Company). They have four adult children (two girls and two boys).

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