About Alvin Townley

Alvin Townley: Missions and Stories that Matter

  • Senior Fellow, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Author of six books and nationally-recognized speaker
  • Emmy-winning storyteller
  • Founding Executive Director, SkillPointe Foundation
  • President, LegacyCraft
  • Advisor, KinectAir
  • Board Member, Global Village Project

Best-selling New York Times-reviewed author and Emmy-winning storyteller Alvin Townley has traveled to five continents and four aircraft carriers to discover inspiring stories of leadership, legacy, and purpose.

St. Martin's Press and Scholastic Press published his five nationally-acclaimed books; reviews came from John McCain, Jimmy Carter, Peyton Manning, Tom Wolfe, and others. Defense Secretary Robert Gates penned a foreword. Alvin was also part of the team behind the PBS film Jeremiah, which won four Emmys, including Best Documentary.

Alvin has talked leadership with icons from Justice Stephen Breyer, J.W. Marriott, and Condoleezza Rice to Jim Lovell of Apollo 13 and Louie Zamperini of Unbroken. CNN, FOX, and NPR have featured his expertise and he has spoken about leadership and character at venues including The White House, Delta Air Lines, the University of Virginia, and the U.S. Air Force, Military, and Naval Academies.

An Eagle Scout and NCAA athlete, Alvin graduated from Washington & Lee University. He studied economics in Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris, and London before working in Congress, managing global strategy for an 85,000-person firm, and leading external affairs for a Grammy- and Tony-winning national arts center.

He is currently a Senior Leadership Fellow at the United States Naval Academy, the president of the communication advisory firm LegacyCraft, founding executive director of the SkillPointe Foundation, and an advisor to KinectAir, a disruptive aviation software aviation company. He also serves on the board for the Global Village Project, an internationally-recognized school for refugee girls.

A Georgia Author of the Year, he lives outside his hometown of Atlanta, close to the rivers and trails he loves to enjoy with his wife Suzanne and their two children.

He is now at work on his anticipated sixth book: Father-Daughter.

Book reviews

'Authentic' - Medal of Honor recipient and POW Bud Day
'Compelling' - Quarterback Peyton Manning
'Gripping' - The New York Times
'Exhilarating' - Publishers Weekly
'Inspiring' - President Jimmy Carter
'Inspirational' - Defense Secretary Robert Gates
"Invaluable" - Mayor Michael Bloomberg
"Riveting" - Senator John McCain
"Superb" - J.W. Marriott, Jr.
"Unforgettable" - Jimmy Carter


The Coca-Cola Company
Cushman & Wakefield
Delta Air Lines
Emory University, Goizueta Business School
The Home Depot
Merrill Lynch
U.S. Capitol
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
USS Stockdale (DDG 106)
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
The White House


Nathan Adrian, 5X Gold Medalist
Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines
Michael Bloomberg, mayor, entrepreneur, philanthropist
Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court justice
Jimmy Carter, President of the United States
Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam POW and U.S. Senator
Bill Gates, Sr., philanthropist
Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense
Jimmie Johnson, 7X NASCAR champion
Mary Louise Kelly, NPR host
Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13
J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman, Marriott Hotels
Hank Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury
Ross Perot, entrepreneur
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State
Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami
Percy Sutton, Tuskegee Airman
Carol Tomé, CEO of UPS
Andrew Young, civil rights icon
Frank Weisser, U.S. Navy Blue Angel and Top Gun Maverick pilot
Dominique Wilkins, NBA Hall of Fame player
Louie Zamperini, Olympian and POW featured in Unbroken

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