Chair, Emeritus

Andrew Towne is a Principal in the Minneapolis office of the Boston Consulting Group. He grew up in Grand Forks, ND, and his YFU journey began as a Congress-Bundestag Exchange Scholar to Germany. That experience changed his life and motivated him to study international relations at Yale, attending the University of Nairobi, Kenya for one year as a Boren Scholar.  After college, Towne began volunteering with YFU as an International Student Area Representative and Orientation Leader, and as a Study Abroad Recruiter and Interviewer.  Towne has raised over $50,000 for YFU USA through a YFU 5k, New Year’s Eve gala, and ascents of Mt. Aconcagua and Mt. Everest.  During YFU’s 60th Anniversary year, Towne was one of 12 volunteers in the world to be recognized for “providing a backbone to the efforts of YFU partners around the world,” and in 2017 YFU USA gave him its Distinguished Alumni Award. Andrew earned his Masters of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School as a Morgenthau Scholar, Friedman Scholar, and Institute of Law and Economics Scholar. A member of the Minnesota Bar, Towne has worked for Goldman Sachs, CarVal Investors, the Central Intelligence Agency, and General Dynamics Corporation. A 5x world record holder in ocean rowing with US national championships in collegiate rowing and club running, Andrew holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has climbed the tallest mountain on every continent, and speaks German, Swahili, Italian and Spanish.


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