Votteler is a co-founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Water Journal. He is also President of Collaborative Water Resolution LLC, which provides its clients with decades of experience in resolving intractable water and environmental conflicts through mediation, facilitation, strategic issue analysis, and personnel evaluation and recruitment. Votteler is an adjunct faculty member of the Texas State University Department of Geography.
Votteler was appointed by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Lucius Bunton as the Federal Special Master for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) litigation, Sierra Club v. San Antonio. Prior to that he assisted Federal Court Monitor Joe G. Moore, Jr. during the landmark ESA litigation over the Edwards Aquifer, Sierra Club v. Babbitt. In 2013, he was part of group awarded the Partners for Conservation Award by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for work that resolved a water dispute over the Texas Edwards Aquifer. Recently, Votteler negotiated an agreement between The Aransas Project and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority to resolve a dispute over surface water and the endangered whooping crane that had consumed over $12 million in litigation costs. He is also a member of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Freshwater Mussel Work Group, which is examining conservation options for twelve mussels proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
His previous experience also includes Research Scientist for the Battelle – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in Washington, D.C., Executive Director of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, a 501(c)3 land and water trust, and Chairman of the Texas Land Trust Council.
Todd has a B.S. in Natural Resources from The University of the South, an M.S. in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography from Texas State University.