Todd A. Cox is the Director of Policy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He is also a former leader of the LDF’s political participation team.
Prior to returning to LDF, Mr. Cox was the Director of Criminal Justice Policy at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where he led a cross-programmatic team addressing a range of criminal justice policy issues. Before joining CAP, Mr. Cox served in the administration of President Barack Obama as the director of the Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he led the agency’s legislative and communications efforts and advised the agency’s chair on regulatory and policy matters, including the development and promotion of the agency’s policy on the use of criminal records in employment. He also represented the agency on the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, a body dedicated to developing federal reentry policies. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Mr. Cox was a program officer in, and the acting deputy director of, the human rights unit at the Ford Foundation, where he advanced the equal rights of racial and ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples in the United States and Latin America.
Before joining Ford, Mr. Cox spent many years as a civil rights litigator and policy advocate, serving in leadership positions at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Mr. Cox began his legal career as an honors trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Cox has testified before Congress and state legislatures, made numerous media appearances, and authored several articles.
Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Cox was a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting of Arthur Andersen & Co. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.