Paul Todd, Director, International Policy & Program Planning

Paul Todd

Director, International Policy & Program Planning


Paul helps ensure the effective planning, evaluation and monitoring of IFAW strategies to protect animals around the world, and provides guidance on the effective use of international law and policy to achieve IFAW program goals.

An attorney, Paul provides guidance on using national and international law and policy in support of IFAW’s legislative, regulatory and policy objectives. Paul also strives to ensure that treaties, trade agreements, and laws and regulations provide the strongest possible protection for animals and their habitats.

Since joining IFAW in 2007, Paul has worked on a broad range of animal welfare issues and has led campaign and project teams nationally and internationally. In 2008, he led a team of IFAW investigators who conducted the largest-ever study into the global Internet trade in endangered wildlife. The study helped convince eBay, Inc. and other online marketplaces to institute international bans on trading in ivory and other products made from endangered animals.

Paul currently leads IFAW’s policy engagements within the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as well as within other multilateral environmental agreements and international institutions such as the United Nations.

In 2010, Paul worked with parties to CITES to introduce and pass a resolution urging all nations to take strong enforcement action against the online trade in illegal wildlife and helped defeat proposals to resume international commercial trade in elephant ivory. He is now working with country delegates and other stakeholders to provide for the long-term protection of elephants through CITES and other international organizations.

Also, Paul oversees IFAW’s global efforts to combat the devastating trade in elephant ivory by addressing the key threats of demand for ivory and inadequate protection of elephants where they live.
Recently, Paul drafted legislation that would prohibit the private ownership of big cats as pets in the U.S., and worked with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and a coalition of nonprofit animal welfare and wildlife conservation organizations to introduce and support the bill.

Before coming to IFAW, Paul spent four years lobbying for wildlife conservation at Defenders of Wildlife and drafted several pieces of legislation that were introduced in Congress including bills to secure the borders and protect borderland wildlife, stop the aerial gunning of wolves in Alaska, conserve great cats and rare canines around the world and establish wildlife conservation standards on America’s system of federal public lands.
With degrees in journalism, environmental science and law, Paul has also worked for two U.S. Members of Congress and is admitted to the State Bar of Colorado.


Government Relations Associate, Defenders of Wildlife
Communications Director and Legislative Counsel, U.S. Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA)
Deputy Voter Protection Coordinator/Political Director, Kerry-Edwards/Colorado Victory 2004
Congressional Steel Caucus Fellow, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)


Juris Doctor, University of Kansas School of Law
Bachelor of Science, Journalism, University of Kansas
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental science, University of Kansas


Todd, Paul; Criminal Nature: The Global Security Implications of the Illegal Wildlife Trade; International Fund for Animal Welfare; March, 2008.

Cartwright, Barbara, and Todd, Paul; Killing with Keystrokes: An Investigation of the Illegal Wildlife Trade on the World Wide Web; International Fund for Animal Welfare; October, 2008.

Todd, Paul, ed. Unnatural Disasters: The Impacts of Climate-related Emergencies on Wildlife, Livestock, and Companion Animals; International Fund for Animal Welfare; September, 2009.

Todd, Paul; No Elephants in the Room: The Case against Ivory Trade Proposals; International Fund for Animal Welfare; March, 2010.