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Gillian Townsend

Research Associate

Phone: (202) 204-3661

Gillian joined the Academy in November 2019 and has served on studies for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administraion, National Park Service, and Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General. She currently serves on studies for the National Marine Sanctuaries Program and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General.

Prior to joing the Academy, Gillian had various internships and volunteered with several organizations with a focus on community engagement. She graduated from the College of William & Mary in the spring of 2019 where she was recognized for her capstone thesis entitled: How the Rise of Genetic Ancestry Testing has impacted the Creation and Perception of Racial Identity.