Tennessee Designee

Mr. Ted Townsend, Designee

Mr. Ted Townsend, Designee

Department of Economic and Community Development
TN Tower Building, 11th Floor
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243
Ph: (615) 532-9060
Fax: (615) 741-5829
Email: ted.townsend@tn.gov

J. Edward (Ted) Townsend, III currently serves as Chief of Staff for the Department of Economic and Community Development where he oversees the department’s day-to-day affairs.

Prior to his becoming Chief of Staff, Mr. Townsend was Assistant Commissioner of Strategy where he oversaw all rural programs including Select Tennessee, ThreeStar, Tennessee Main Street, Tennessee Downtowns, and Retire Tennessee, along with federal grant programs that include Community Development Block Grants, the Delta Regional Authority and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Mr. Townsend has also served the department as TNECD Regional Director over the Greater Memphis Region comprised of Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton Counties.

Additionally, Governor Haslam has appointed Mr. Townsend his official designee to the Federal Programs affiliation with the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority.

Before joining TNECD, Mr. Townsend was the co-founder and chief operating officer of arGentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Memphis, a privately-held bio-pharmaceutical company involved in the licensing, development, and commercialization of therapies for auto-immune and ophthalmic diseases. During his tenure, the company successfully raised $2 million in capital from angel and institutional investors.

A graduate of the University of Memphis, Mr. Townsend also served as executive vice president and managing partner of Agile Minds, LLC, a consulting firm in health care and life sciences. He currently serves on the board of directors of arGentis, LifeScience Tennessee, and the Memphis Research Consortium.