Leadership

Steve Burns Principal

Steve Burns is a Principal of The Townsend Group. During his 19 years with the firm, Steve has served Townsend in many capacities. He has managed, as the lead Principal, the accounts of a diverse array of clients that include public plan sponsors, foundations and Taft Hartley funds. Mr. Burns has extensive experience in portfolio analysis and structuring, and has been responsible for the creation and implementation of investment policies, strategic and investment plans, and portfolio guidelines. Throughout his career he has been actively involved in investment manager selection. In so doing he has analyzed investment managers’ capabilities, strategies and terms for separate account relationships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and REITs. In monitoring many different real estate portfolios over time, Mr. Burns has analyzed and reported upon performance, and has reviewed and facilitated compliance with client mandated directives, policies and procedures.

Prior to joining The Townsend Group in 1996, Mr. Burns served as a government trial attorney for eight years. His practice focused on high profile felony economic crime litigation.

Mr. Burns is a frequent attendee at industry conferences and seminars where he has served as both a moderator and speaker.

Mr. Burns received a JD from Case Western Reserve University and a BA from Miami University.