With an academic background in environmental design and planning from Miami University and the Pratt Institute, years of experience in community and economic development, and growing up in the family orchards Todd brings a holistic approach to agri-business development. Todd lives on his wife’s family farm in Southern Columbia County and has hands-on knowledge of the challenges to the Valley’s agriculture while applying practical Economic Development programs and projects to protect and preserve open space by keeping farmers in business. With HVADC's Board of Directors Todd has developed the first regional entity to focus on farms and local food business as economic development in the Hudson Valley. HVADC has grown to having multi-year service contracts with 7 counties’ economic development offices and raising almost $8 million since 2007 for programs and services to assist ag-related/ag-dependent businesses in the region.
Todd and HVADC have taken a leadership role in the Hudson Valley’s burgeoning local food movement which is increasingly meeting the demand for local food from New York City area consumers. These efforts have leveraged over $40 million in project and program funding. This funding has supported various innovative initiatives, including development and expansion of several Hudson Valley food hubs and components of our local food distribution network, a USDA Farm to School program that partners local school districts with the Culinary Institute of America and HVADC’s Incubator Without Walls and Accelerator Programs that have assisted over 200 growing agribusinesses in the region. Todd’s experience also includes managing a community/economic development loan fund portfolios, and providing development financing for public and private housing and community development projects.