Ambassador William E. Todd
Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Foreign Assistance

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Ambassador William (Bill) Todd retired from the State Department in March 2021 after a distinguished 38-year career with the Federal Government and currently is the Chief Operating Officer for Acuity International.

As the Deputy Under Secretary for Management.(2018-2021), Bill was the Chief Operating Officer of day-to-day operations for 12 separate management bureaus and offices and managed a budget of approximately $52B that spanned global operations in over 270 U.S. diplomatic missions in 190 countries and impacted all 75,000 State Department staff.  Bill concurrently served as Acting Under Secretary for Management from June 2017 to May 2019 and Acting Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources from June 2017 to Jan 2019.  Prior to this, Bill was the Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs from January 2017 and had served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the same bureau upon his return from Cambodia in August 2015.

From 2012 to 2015 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia.  During his time in Cambodia, he focused on regional stability, counterterrorism, trade and investment, the advancement of democracy, and directed a very successful large and complex development and assistance program that improved the daily lives of the average Cambodian. He also authored a widely read weekly newspaper column called, “Ask the Ambassador.”

Before his appointment to Cambodia, he served in an Ambassadorial Rank position as the Coordinating Director of Development and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. While in Afghanistan, he was responsible for all nonmilitary civilian assistance in Afghanistan, including implementation of the largest foreign assistance program and budget in U.S. history. In this capacity he also directed civilian field operations with an American staff of over 600, including 350 civilians embedded with the military in most of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces and at five regional Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs).

From 2008 to 2010, Bill was the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. During his time in Brunei, he focused on regional stability, counterterrorism, democratization, and trade and investment.

Prior to serving as Ambassador to Brunei, Bill was the Acting Inspector General of the Department of State in 2008 and Deputy Inspector General from 2006 to 2008. In both capacities, he directed all Office of Inspector General activities, domestically and abroad for diplomatic missions in 190 countries.

From 2002 to 2006, Bill served in several senior positions in Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). These positions included Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary; Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Civilian Police and Rule of Law Programs for Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East; as well as Executive Director and Controller.  As PDAS, he was the Chief Operating Officer for global programs, including all post-conflict activities. His leadership placed him at the forefront of international programs for rule of law, police training, and counternarcotics efforts in some of the most volatile regions of the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Colombia. Ambassador Todd managed more than 4,000 employees and contractors in more than 75 theaters of operation.

Bill has held several other senior positions within the U.S. Government and has been a career member of the Senior Executive Service for more than 20 years. He is highly decorated and has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career for his strong program and management skills.