David Y. Todd works to enhance communications for education, government, and nonprofit institutions.
Todd practiced law for three years in Boston before earning an M.F.A. in narrative writing at the University of Florida. He then taught in schools and universities while publishing articles in many venues including the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Commonweal, The Nation, Sewanee Review, and Yale Review. He has edited other authors’ work for publication in The Atlantic, Best American Essays, Harvard Business Review, Oxford University Press, and others.
In 1998, Todd turned to public relations full time, aiding media relations and editing newsletters for a Florida state agency before he became the public information officer at a small college in Virginia. In 2001, he joined Georgetown Law Center, where he was promoted to associate director of communications and helped draw national attention to faculty scholarship. Todd then served as publications director and aided media and web strategy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a national health advocacy nonprofit with 70,000 members.
In addition to writing, editing, and consulting, Todd provides communications training. Foundations and the International Association of Business Communications have recognized his work with fellowships and awards. Since 2008, he has judged national competitions annually for Association Media & Publishing and for the University Continuing Education Association. Todd lives with his family in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is a volunteer in the greater Washington, D.C., chapter of The Mankind Project.