Milford resident Robert Townes Joins Statewide Education Reform Advocacy Group

New Haven, CT – The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) announces the appointment of Robert Townes to the newly-created position of Manager of Communications. The hiring of Townes is part of CCER’s commitment to advance its mission and increase its visibility and presence in the education reform movement in Connecticut.

Townes, 36, comes to CCER after nearly 10 years with the American Heart Association, where he most recently served as the Senior Director of Communications in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and Westchester County, NY. Prior to his tenure at the American Heart Association, he worked at WTNH-TV, News 8 as an assignment editor.

In addition to supporting CCER’s internal communications needs, Townes will be responsible for developing the organization’s strategic marketing and public awareness plan, building strong brand recognition for the group, expanding CCER’s social media presence and spearheading the Council’s media relations efforts.

“I am thrilled to join the Connecticut Council for Education Reform,” said Townes. “I relish the opportunity to advance the organization’s critically important mission while enhancing our overall public outreach efforts. I am eager to roll up my sleeves and start building more awareness of the importance of narrowing Connecticut’s educational achievement gap, which is the largest in the nation.”

A native of Stamford and a graduate of the University of Connecticut, Townes brings a wealth of knowledge about the Connecticut media landscape to CCER.

He lives in Milford with his wife, Shannon, and their two children.