The Hon. Barbara Sheen Todd served Pinellas County, Fla., for more than 20 years and has contributed to local as well as national politics in many issue areas. Ms. Todd was elected to the Pinellas County Commission in 1980 and has held leadership roles in many other organizations. She has worked with the Florida Association of Counties, and served as President of both the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the State Board of Directors of the Florida League of Cities. She was also elected to serve as President of Florida's Regional Councils Association.
She is currently President of American International Consulting Services. Ms. Todd has worked extensively with the state of Florida. Three governors of Florida appointed her to represent county interests on more than a dozen state and national commissions and boards, including the Florida Growth Management Conflict Resolution Consortium and the Florida Advisory Council on Environmental Education. She has a long history of service with civic and council activities, working with groups such as the Pinellas County Tourist Development Council, the Work and Gain Economic Self-Sufficiency Board, the Friends of Weedon Island, and the Governor's Council for Sustainable Florida. Ms. Todd has participated in significant national programs as well. President George Bush appointed Ms. Todd to represent America's counties on the U.S. Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations. She also served as a member of the Management Advisory Group which advised the Environmental Protection Agency on water policy issues.
Ms. Todd has received many awards for her leadership, including being named "County Leader of the Year" by "American City and County Magazine" in 1994. Other honors include the John L. Brooks Memorial Award for Environmental Leadership by the Florida Audubon Society, the "Conservationist of the Year" award from the Tampa Bay Wildlife Federation, and being included in "Who’s Who of American Women." Ms. Todd has degrees in Spanish, Sociology, and Psychology and earned both her bachelor's and master’s degrees at Florida State University. She also studied foreign language education at the Instituo Technologico, in Monterrey Mexico.