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Todd Connor
Board Member

  • Email:ncl@ncl.org
  • Hometown:Chicago, IL

Todd Connor is currently CEO of Veterans for Political Innovation, an organization he cofounded to give a voice and a platform for the military connected community to address political
polarization through election reforms and innovations. Todd is also the founder of Bunker Labs, a national entrepreneurship organization dedicated to helping the military-connected community start and grow businesses. Founded in Chicago in 2014, Bunker Labs has grown to over 35 chapters across the United States and serves over 1,200 entrepreneurs annually. Bunker Labs works to support the military connected community by offering programs for entrepreneurs to connect with the people, resources, and opportunities they need to be successful with their early-stage ventures.

Todd is a former management consultant, U.S. Navy veteran, and has held many leadership roles in the public and private sector. In addition to Bunker Labs and Veterans for Political Innovation, he is also the founder of The Collective Academy, a leadership development consulting firm, as well as Emerson House, a luxe retreat venue in La Porte, Indiana. Todd holds a BA from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Chicago and is the author of Third Shift Entrepreneur (Wiley, 2021).

Todd serves as the lead faculty for the President George W. Bush Veteran Leadership Program in Dallas, Texas and is an Executive in Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of
Business. He has been recognized as a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a Presidio Fellow, and is a thought leader on entrepreneurship, military veterans, and nonprofit leadership. Todd, his husband Andrew, and their son Jasper live between Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Visit www.BunkerLabs.org or www.VeteransforPoliticalInnovation.org for media kits, blogs, strategic plans, and other resources.

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