A native of Austin, Texas, Todd has extensive experience creating, leading, and improving organizations in the for-profit, non-profit, and military environments. Todd graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and upon graduation, worked for several years in the commercial construction and insurance industries. From 2002 – 2006, he served on active duty as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, including a combat tour in Iraq and participation in Operation Unified Assistance (Indonesia Tsunami Relief).
Upon his return to Austin, Todd joined Strategic Forecasting, Inc., where he served as Chief of Staff and Vice President of Corporate Relations. Recalled to active duty military service in 2007, Todd completed his second combat tour in Iraq as a Marine Advisor to the Iraqi Military in Al Anbar Province. During his service, Todd received several awards & commendations, and was formally recognized as “A compassionate, empathetic mentor who demands excellence from his subordinates; the results he garners in every endeavor are noteworthy “
Todd returned to Austin in 2008 and became President/CEO of Explore Austin, a nonprofit he co-founded. Dedicated to changing the lives of underserved youth through mentoring and outdoor adventure, under his leadership Explore Austin revenue grew nearly 400% and number of participants by 600%. During Todd’s tenure, Explore Austin received the “Learning In Action” Award from Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, the “Capital of Texas Award” by the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the “John Covert Watson Award For Vision” from the Children In Nature Collaborative of Austin.
Todd transitioned back to the for-profit sector in October 2012, joining Aquila Commercial, a full-service commercial real estate firm in Austin. As President of Aquila Commercial, Todd led the company’s day-to-day operations and business development. During his tenure, Aquila was named one of Austin’s top 10 “Best Places to Work” and among Austin’s “Fast 50” companies (mid-size).
In June of 2014, Todd and his family moved to Jackson, Wyoming where Todd joined Teton Science Schools, one of Jackson, Wyoming’s largest non-profit organizations, as Vice President of Marketing & Development. During his tenure at Teton Science Schools, Todd led the creation and execution of numerous new marketing initiatives, implemented new branding efforts, created a crisis communications plan, created a centralized reservations department, and was responsible for nearly $3,000,000 in annual fundraising. Through his efforts, major gifts to the organization increased 41%, number of new donors increased 58%, and staff giving reached over 95%.
In November of 2015, Todd left Teton Science Schools to start Belay On Advisors, an organizational consulting firm. Using his vast for profit, non-profit, and military experience, Todd is dedicated to “guiding organizations and individuals to new heights”. In addition, he became a Venture Partner at ATX Seed Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund created by expert entrepreneurs serving emerging entrepreneurs.
Todd continues to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of Explore Austin and on the Board of Directors of the Art Association of Jackson Hole. He has served on numerous other non-profit boards as well. These include the Board of Trustees of Trinity Episcopal School, The American Red Cross of Central Texas, Songwriting With: Soldiers, Aware Awake Alive, The Seton Forum, & Good Shepherd Episcopal School. In addition, he served as the Co-Chairman of the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin and was a member of The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Council.
Todd is the 2012 winner of the “Austin Under 40” Award (Youth & Education Category), is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and is a former Outward Bound instructor. As a public speaker and emcee, he has given numerous talks on Leadership, Service, Following your passion(s), Mentoring, Military & Veteran Experiences, Nonprofit management, and Outdoor Adventure. As a facilitator, he has assisted organizations with their strategic planning process, team-building, fundraising/sales & marketing, board development, and culture/values creation.