Advisor on Public Affairs
Todd Elmer has built a 20 year career at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), law, government, and communications. Currently, he serves as Chief Communications Officer for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Bay Area’s water authority and clean energy provider. Previously, he served as White House advance staff for Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at official events throughout the United States and around the world. Prior to that, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Chief Communications Officer of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), directing all external and internal communications for the nation’s 13,000 person intellectual property agency.
Before serving in the Obama administration, Mr. Elmer directed strategic communications and policy initiatives for pioneering AI firm H5. His work with H5 supported the company’s efforts to effectively replicate and automate expert human relevance assessments through a precise combination of patented artificial intelligence technologies and a proprietary professional services process.
Prior to his time with H5, Mr. Elmer designed public affairs and communications strategies for a wide variety of national political organizations and corporate clients. He also practiced law within the public and private sectors, as an international trade attorney at the U.S. Department of Commerce and in the Washington, D.C. office of Kaye Scholer. From 1998 through 2000, Mr. Elmer served as a member of White House advance teams at numerous events for President Clinton and Vice President Gore. He also served in a variety of leadership capacities in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Democratic presidential campaigns.
Mr. Elmer holds a Juris Doctor, with distinction, from Emory University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Furman University.