Todd Woodard is a member of the Skagit MRC, representing the Samish Indian Nation, where he is the director of the Department of Natural Resources. Todd was born in Chicago and moved around the United States before landing in Washington in 2001. In high school, Jacque Cousteau inspired him to learn about the ocean and investigate a career as a marine biologist. A summer working at the Chicago Aquarium helped him learn about marine life, but a trip to the Florida Keys reinforced his desire to become an ocean advocate.
Todd holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Anthropology with a minor in Biology from Rutgers University, and an Associates of Arts in Environmental Conservation Technology from Skagit Valley College. He lives with his wife and two kids in Skagit County, where he enjoys sea kayaking as a way to connect him to the natural world and as a stress reliever. He hopes to see the Northwest Straits Initiative continue to grow and inspire grassroots action around the Salish Sea.