Towey has served since 2002 as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives.
"Previously, Jim Towey founded and ran Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization that helps families plan for and discuss the care they want during times of serious illness." --White House Profile.
Towey was a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield and Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. "In 1993, Governor Chiles appointed him Director of the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. In 1985, Mr. Towey met Mother Teresa while visiting her home for the dying in Calcutta, India. He went on to serve as legal counsel to her for 12 years and in 1990 lived as a full-time volunteer in her home for people with HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C. Mr. Towey received his bachelor's degree and J.D. from Florida State University." --White House News Release, January 13, 2005.
- Bill Berkowitz, "Jim Towey's brave new faith-based world", Media Transparency, June 6, 2006. ("The head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives moves on after successfully promoting and expanding the president's religion-based patronage system")