Todd joined SVP upon moving to Seattle in 2004. His roles at SVP have included serving as a member and then chair of two environmental grant committees and as a member and chair of the Portfolio Grant Committee. He also served as board chair from 2014 — 2016, and in 2009 he helped start and later chaired SVP’s Environmental Advocacy Committee.
Outside of SVP, Todd is Managing Director of Loom, a foundation that funds the intersection of environmental causes and social equity. He also serves as Director of the International Sustainability Institute, a Seattle not-for-profit that brings international best practices in sustainability to the Puget Sound. The organization specializes in making people-friendly places in urban areas.
Vogel’s work at place making is infused with an interest in reaching out to diverse parts of the community to include them in creating public space. This interest is informed by his MS in Labor Economics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in American Culture with an emphasis on understanding how race and class operate in society. (He has published articles, encyclopedia entries and two books on the subject.)
Nationally, he chairs the advisory board for the PLACES program at the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. The fellowship gathers philanthropy professionals from around the country to study equity, diversity and environmentally responsible place-making. He also works with HUD’s Sustainable Communities grant program.