Todd Elmer has built an 18 year career at the intersection of communications, technology, law, and policy. Most recently, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Chief Communications Officer of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from 2012 to 2015. Reporting to the Director of the USPTO, he was responsible for the development and implementation of strategic communication plans for the 13,000 person agency, including the direction of all media relations and stakeholder engagement to promote its objectives. He also oversaw the USPTO’s partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the management of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, which is issued annually by the White House.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Mr. Elmer directed communications and public affairs initiatives for information retrieval firm H5. Mr. Elmer’s communications 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 joining H5, Mr. Elmer designed corporate communications and public affairs strategies for a wide variety of Fortune 500 corporations and national political organizations. 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.