Todd grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received his undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, D.C. At American, he majored in Philosophy, with a focus on moral philosophy. During his time as an undergraduate, he interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Fraud Section, where he worked on consumer protection and healthcare fraud cases.

After graduating, Todd worked as an investigator for the D.C. Public Defender Service for three years. He helped public defenders in D.C. Superior Court advocate for their clients and often worked directly with people at risk of losing their liberty. His work entailed interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence, and testifying at trials and hearings. He saw firsthand the intersection between the criminal justice system and issues of race, poverty, and mental health. Todd is passionate about criminal justice reform and hopes to use his education at Georgetown Law to further that cause.