About the Chief of Staff
Gregory Townsend joined the Department of Labor and Workforce Development as Chief of Staff in November 2016.
As Chief of Staff, Townsend manages the day-to-day operations of the department and oversees staff responsible for procurement, legislative and regulatory affairs, communications, information technology and administrative matters.
Prior to joining the department, Townsend served as Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Chris Christie where he supervised a team of policy advisors providing high-level policy guidance on issues related to workforce development, transportation, taxation, information technology, energy and the environment. During his tenure in the policy office, he was a member of the National Governors Association New Jersey Policy Academy team, responsible for crafting policies to create a strong talent pipeline by aligning education, workforce development and training systems with the needs of the state’s economy. He joined Governor Christie’s staff in 2010 as Director of Briefings where he was responsible for the daily coordination of up-to-date issue tracking, policy background and logistical details in preparation for each of the Governor’s meetings and events.
Townsend is a graduate of Drew University and holds a M.A. in Foreign Policy Analysis from Seton Hall University.