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Todd Lyons


Todd Lyons
Vice President

email: tlyons@npsfoundation.org

Retired Colonel Todd Lyons serves as the Vice President for the NPS Alumni Association and Foundation. In this role, he bridges the divide between industry, academia, and DoD entities to accelerate the responsiveness of NPS to the challenges arising from great power competition and emerging technology. Todd also serves as a volunteer instructor for Innovation Leadership at NPS.


Prior to coming to the foundation, Todd served in the Marine Corps for 30 years. In his last assignment, he served as the Senior Marine Representative and the Associate Dean of Research at the Naval Postgraduate School. In those roles, he connected the work of students and faculty to the operational challenges of the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the broader DoD. As an innovation leader, he leveraged the research at NPS and the operational experiences of the students to drive the adoption of new practices across the Naval Services. 


Colonel Lyons began his career as a Marine artilleryman. After graduating from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2000, he became a Middle East Foreign Area Officer and an Intelligence Officer with assignments at the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Todd spent nine of his last eighteen years in the Marine Corps serving in a variety of assignments across the Middle East, including Qatar, Israel, Oman, and Iraq.


Todd Lyons earned a Master of Arts with honors in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Haifa and was the Honor Graduate from the Israeli National Defense College in 2007. For his reporting during the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, he received the Department of State Superior Honor Award. He received a second Superior Honor Award from the Department of State for his service in Oman from 2011-2014.


Todd is married to Kristi Lund Lyons and they have three daughters. Todd enjoys being active and keeping up with his teenage daughters. In his free time, Todd enjoys water sports, hiking, working out, reading, and long walks with Kristi and their dogs.