Todd brings a deep passion for and dedication to helping rural and under-resourced communities across North Carolina and the Southeast. As both a native and current resident of rural North Carolina, he understands the persistent challenges facing rural and under-served places, but also the abundant assets and endless resiliency of those communities.
With nearly 25 years of professional and leadership experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Todd has extensive experience in marketing, strategic communications, crisis communications, policy analysis, research, organizational operations, and strategic planning.
He most recently served as the vice president of public affairs at the NC Rural Center, a statewide nonprofit focused on leadership formation, economic development, community engagement, and small-business lending in the state’s 78 rural counties. In his role as vice president, Todd led the Center’s external relations efforts and served as a member of the Center’s senior leadership team.
Todd is a proud alumnus of Randolph Community College and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. He holds a master’s in journalism and mass communication from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s in theological studies from Duke University.
Todd now calls Wayne County home and lives with his wife on her family’s farm along with their three children, 500 blueberry bushes, and a revolving door of stray and abandoned animals. In his spare time, you are most likely to find him on his beloved tractor, reading a good book, or chauffeuring one of his children to their next sporting event.
Words to live by:
“To seek the highest good is to live well.” St. Augustine
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York City in autumn; North Carolina’s Crystal Coast in the summer; Western North Carolina in the spring; and sitting in my favorite reading chair in the winter.