Legacy Council Profiles

For entrepreneurs, creating a legacy goes beyond financial success. It reflects how you impact your industry, community and the lives of your employees. It’s about what you build, who you help along the way — and how you’ll continue to influence others.

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Todd Gustafson
CEO of Kinexus Group
St. Joseph, Michigan

Legacy Council Leaders

Todd Gustafson is the president and CEO of Kinexus Group, a nationally recognized community development organization. His leadership has transformed Kinexus into a multimillion-dollar statewide asset that integrates workforce, economic and community development into a family of organizations. Kinexus’ innovative solutions have won recognition by such organizations as MiBiz magazine, Crain’s Detroit Business and the NonProfit Times, which has listed Kinexus for multiple years as one of the “Best Nonprofits to Work For.”

Todd’s public and extensive nonprofit sector experience includes working for a U.S. senator and national organizations such as the American Trucking Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organization representing more than three million businesses of every size, sector and region. While at the U.S. Chamber, Todd worked directly with Tom Donohue, president and CEO, on the organization’s revitalization. 

Prior to Kinexus, Todd served as the president of the Dickinson Area Partnership, an organization he created by integrating the chamber of commerce, tourism association and the economic development entity. He has also served on various boards and councils, including Youth Solutions, the Michigan Works! Association, the National Association of Workforce Boards Leadership Council and the United Way of Southwest Michigan.

Born in Marquette, Michigan, Todd holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public administration and administrative services from Northern Michigan University, and he earned a certificate in strategic perspectives in nonprofit management from Harvard Business School. Todd also served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He lives in St. Joseph, Michigan, and has two sons.