William “Towny” Manfull

Pandas Network

William “Towny” Manfull began his professional career in the printing industry. He began, fresh out of college, working for a leading printing press manufacturer and quickly moved up to several senior executive roles with some of the largest global printing companies. As the printing industry declined, he successfully transitioned to media technology sales and is currently a sales director for Brightcove, a Boston-based video technology company.

Towny (short for Townsend, his middle name) has long sought to serve his community in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For nine years, he served on the board of directors—four years of which he was president—of the Wentworth-Gardner and Tobias Lear Houses Association, two 18th-century historic properties near his own 18th-century home. For three years, he was a member of the board of directors of Maine’s renowned Ogunquit Playhouse.

Towny, in 2005, joined the Board of Directors of the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, an organization founded by his daughter’s second-grade teacher, that is devoted to celebrating the lives and achievements of Black people with emphasis on the unique story of African Americans in the New Hampshire Seacoast region. Perhaps because Towny spent his formative years in the Central African Republic and then Liberia where, in both countries, his father served as U.S. Ambassador, he recognizes the value of building and living in multicultural communities. He currently serves as vice president of the board.

In 2018, after his only daughter Alexandra died due to PANDAS, he joined the PANDAS Network Board to actively work toward fulfilling the board’s mission of improving the diagnosis and treatment of PANDAS and PANS. Towny and Susan established the Alex Manfull Memorial Fund supporting research, education and treatment of PANDAS in adolescents and young adults in the hope that no other life will be cut short due to PANDAS.

Towny continues to live in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where you might find him working on his 250-year-old home, taking photographs, tasting wine for "Provence WineZine," an online magazine he and his wife founded, or off leading small-group tours to Provence.