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2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Lori James-Townes

Expand Now LLC
President & CEO
Towson MD


Lori James-Townes is president & CEO of Expand-Now LLC. She also serves as an assistant training director for the National Association of Public Defense. Lori’s passion is adding value to others through speaking, training, development activities, coaching, and consulting. Lori has more than 25 years of teaching, clinical social work, leadership, and management experience in juvenile justice, mental health, and public defender settings. Her most recent public defender position, was director social work, leadership and program development with the Maryland Office of Public Defender. With more than 800 employees, she served as one of the first directors of leadership in a public defender setting. While in this position, she demonstrated her ability to help others grow in the areas of teamwork, leadership, and management. She also led the agency’s social work staff, consultants, and interns. She is an adjunct clinical instructor at Towson University, Department of Family Studies and Community Development. Lori is a certified John Maxwell Trainer, Coach, and Speaker. She has developed programs that are now national models for other agencies. In 2015, The Daily Record Newspaper named her as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. As a speaker, she is requested both nationally and internationally. She resides in Maryland with her daughter, Maya.