Todd Brantley

Vice President of Public Affairs

Todd is the vice president of public affairs at the NC Rural Center, overseeing the Center’s branding and external communications efforts.

He previously worked as the director of policy and research at EducationNC, an organization providing nonpartisan education research, data, news, and analysis. Prior to joining EducationNC, he worked at MDC, a Durham-based nonprofit that conducts research and develops programs to promote economic opportunity in the American South.

Todd has also worked extensively as an independent consultant and freelance researcher for various organizations throughout the state. He was part of the research and writing team that received the Governmental Research Association’s 2014 Most Distinguished Research Award for a report on the use of telemedicine in rural areas.

Todd is an adjunct instructor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. He previously taught religious studies at Randolph Community College through the school’s distance education program.

Todd attended Randolph Community College before transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received his undergraduate degree. He has a master’s in journalism and mass communication from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s in theological studies from Duke University.

In his free time, he tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife and three children. When there is an extra second in the day, he likes to work on a pretty awful fly cast and daydream about the biography he is going to write on George Berkeley.