Todd met Deb, the love of his life, in high school and they were married soon after graduating from college. He put himself through school working as a dishwasher, fry cook, as an RA in his dorm, in a chemical plant, and as a bike messenger.

The Donovans moved to Bellingham in 1991. Deb and Todd teach at Western Washington University, Whatcom County’s second largest employer. Todd teaches state and local government at Western, and has spent the vast majority of his life outside of elected office.

The Donovans built a family here with their adopted spotted dog, Dot, and raised two incredible children, now adults, who both graduated from Bellingham High School. Todd has volunteered to serve on boards and commissions from his neighborhood to the county level, including the Columbia Neighborhood Association board, the Whatcom County Citizens Election Advisory Commission, and the Whatcom chapter of Washington Conservation Voters.  He currently serves on the County Council, the Whatcom Transit Authority Board, and the Northwest Clean Air Agency Board.

Todd spends his free time running (slow), hiking, writing, hanging out with family and friends, and struggling to grow tomatoes in a Pacific Northwest garden. He remains defending champion of the (since cancelled) Bellingham Pub Run.