Todd has worked with hundreds if not thousands of students of all ages throughout Los Angeles and the country, especially in more challenged communities. He has been on a number of boards whose missions are to better serve students through various media platforms and is frequently asked to speak on the topics of filmmaking (traditional narrative and documentary) and photography.




Todd found himself in front of large crowds very early in his professional career. He has led discussions and lectured at the Newport Beach Film Festival, San Pedro Int. Film Fest along with LA Int. Jewish Film Fest, all on repeated occasions. As the executive director of The Story Project (2007-13) Todd opened dozens of schools across the country, taught teachers the essence of The Story Project's curricula and was awarded recognitions by Reader's Digest and personally by Prilosec who bestowed upon Todd the title of "National Youth Mentor" along with a financial award. His abilities with teens and expertise in both scripted and documentary program continues to make Todd a sought after talent in both establishing filmmaking programs and mentoring teens, something Todd has done since 1998 under the guise of The Story Project.


Feel free to reach out to Todd for speaking and panel requests directly:







  • University of Southern California (USC)

  • California State University, Los Angeles

  • San Pedro Int. Film Festival

  • Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

  • Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

  • Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)




  • Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Nationwide)

  • The Story Project (Nationwide)

  • Central High School at Mar Vista Gardens

  • San Pedro Housing Authority

  • Centennial High School

  • Mark Twain Middle School

  • Animo Pat Brown, Green Dot Charter






  • The Story Project (Executive Director)

  • Los Angeles School for Global Studies

  • Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

  • San Pedro International Film Festival


  • Motion Picture Editors Guild (Local 700)

  • (IDA) International Documentary Association


  • Los Angeles Center of Photography