Todd is a 1988 graduate of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Academy. He served as a Deck Watch Officer/Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Officer on the USCG Cutter Storis in Kodiak, Alaska conducting fisheries patrols in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. He also served as a USCG Law Enforcement Duty Officer at the Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska coordinating USCG LE operations in the North Pacific with a focus toward Living Marine Resource enforcement.
In 1993, he became a Special Agent (SA) with NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) which included conducting inspections and investigations related to the enforcement of all US marine resource and fisheries laws. He was initially assigned to the Kodiak, Alaska field office before transferring to Anchorage, Alaska where he served as the NOAA OLE liaison SA to the North Pacific Fisheries Observer Program with responsibility of investigating fisheries violations related to fisheries observers. He served as a first line law enforcement supervisor (ASAC) for NOAA in Anchorage, Alaska and New Bedford, Massachusetts followed by three years as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge (DSAC) of enforcement operations for the Northeast Enforcement Division.
He is currently NOAA OLE’s Assistant Director for Enforcement Operations stationed in Silver Spring, Maryland where he has responsibility for domestic and international enforcement programs including participation in regional fishery management organizations, capacity building activities and providing fisheries enforcement input for domestic legislation and international fisheries instruments related to IUU fishing. He has served on the US delegation for the negotiation of The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate IUU Fishing and is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Network. As part of his assigned duties, Todd serves as fisheries law enforcement representative on US delegations to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), and he served as NOAA OLE’s representative to the President’s Task Force on Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud.