Todd graduated from Harvard College in 1967, then joined the Peace Corps and served in Senegal, and received a Masters in Journalism in 1970. He worked in corporate community relations and later served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1979 to 1990. He served as DFL Party Chair from 1990 to 1993 and then did public affairs consulting focusing on early childhood and environmental issues. Todd served as President for Ready 4 K until its merger with Think Small in 2011. Todd has written A Review of Nuclear Energy in the United States and several articles on renewable energy. He has served on numerous boards including the Children's Theater, Clean Water Action Coalition, League of Conservation Voters, Heartland Democracy and the Andersen Family Foundation.