In August 2008, Todd Swanstrom joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis as the Des Lee Endowed Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration. He has also worked as a neighborhood planner for the City of Cleveland and as Director of Strategic Planning for the City of Albany. Swanstrom also served as a neighborhood planner for the City of Cleveland.
Swanstrom is the Co-author of Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-first Century and a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Building Resilient Regions Network. He oversees Kresge Foundation committee.