William W. Towns

William W. Towns

National Market President, Gorman and Company



William Towns is a scholar, activist, and practitioner, dedicated to helping solve civic and urban issues at the structural level. He believes in the power of increasing access to capital, data, and academic resources to create pathways of opportunity for organizations and individuals to impact communities often overlooked. Using his lived experience, Towns takes a broad, system-wide approach to problem solving with respect to equitable community development.

Over the course of his career, he has managed more than $900 million in capital directed at reversing economic disparities and racial discrimination. He has developed multiple corporate strategic plans, directing resources to local organizations, and has worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies to help address complex civic issues.

He is the National Market President for Gorman and Company, a vertically integrated Real Estate Development firm and a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy where his courses examine the intersection of business and society.

Towns received his bachelor’s in marketing from Loyola University Chicago – Quinlan School of Business, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business, and a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University.

His goal is to use his research to help cities, anchor institutions, corporations, and non-profits to develop policies and initiatives that welcome in those who stand just outside the door of opportunity to the table of prosperity.

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