Syndicated cartoonist and author Peaco Todd received her Master of Arts degree in Humanities from San Francisco State University. Her teaching career began more than twenty years ago, first as the instructor for a cartooning seminar at MIT and then at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where, for six years, she served as a management professor in the Women's College. She became a part-time faculty member in UI&U's online bachelor's program in 2007 and she continues to teach and develop courses for Lesley.
In addition to teaching, she works as a professional cartoonist and writer. She also provides writing, editorial, and graphic design services for several corporate and not-for-profit clients, and works as a self-development and leadership trainer for several organizations. As the art director for the science humor magazine, The Annals of Improbable Research, she helps produce the annual internationally distributed show, The Ig Nobel Award Ceremony, and enjoys her time on stage as a "minor domo."
Her many publications include articles in regional and national magazines, online and magazine gag cartoons and several books for which she was author, illustrator or both. Some of these include Frame by Frame: A Visual Guide to College Study Skills (co-author/illustrator, Prentice Hall), The Girl's Guide to Football (author/illustrator, Cactus Studio Press), Talk It Out and Rainbow Kids (illustrator, ASCD Books), Family Matters and the Feeling Elf Cards (illustrator, Parenting Press) and The Ultimate Guide to Transforming Anger (co-author/illustrator, HCI Books). Her many media appearances include CNN Headline News, ESPN Sports, and USA Weekend. In 2004 she created and published a four-issue political comic book entitled Porkbarrel Comix and plans to do another series of four volumes in 2008. Recently she participated in a three-person show of political cartoons at the Carega Gallery in Sandwich, NH, and a two-page cartoon feature she illustrated will appear this fall in Paradigm Magazine of MIT's Whitehead Institute.
Her strong belief in community activitism and service has led to her providing writing, editorial, design and other pro bono services to many non-profits including the Barnstable Land Trust, Self Esteem Boston, The Wonalancet Out Door Club, the Chocorua Public Library, African Community Economic Development of New England, Inc., the African Television Network of New England, and Interlock Media. Her professional affiliations include the National Cartoonists Society and the Authors Guild.
The long and winding road of her own career and personal journey has nurtured in her a strong conviction that the potential for transformation can exist in each act and each moment, thus commitment to the kinds of collaborations that exist in program like Virtual Vermont.