Ted Townsend

Chief Economic Development officer

Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce

Ted Townsend is the chief economic development officer for the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as the chief economic development and government relations officer for the University of Memphis. Prior to coming to the University of Memphis, he was deputy commissioner & chief operating officer for the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. He currently serves as chairman of the board for Life Science Tennessee, an organization dedicated to bringing more Life Science industry jobs to the state.  Townsend is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a degree in organizational leadership.