Todd Watkins

Todd Watkins
Partner & COO
RailField Partners

Todd is Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel of RailField Partners. Prior to forming RailField, Todd was a founding partner of J.S. Watkins Partners, an advisory firm that has advised clients on over $25 billion of multifamily transactions. Clients included a number of large financial institutions and other prominent industry players. The firm was also retained by HUD as its exclusive loan sale advisor for all of its multifamily and healthcare loan sales. Todd previously held several positions at Fannie Mae, including Director of Capital Markets in the Multifamily group where he had responsibility for developing and implementing its strategy for the purchase of seasoned loan pools from large financial institutions as Associate General Counsel. Prior to Fannie Mae, Todd was Vice President and Senior Counsel at Merrill Lynch and a corporate attorney with O’Melveny & Myers L.L.P. He has over 20 years of experience in the multifamily industry and expertise in real estate law, compliance, and deal structuring.

Todd has an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of CISV USA, the American affiliate of the International Peace Education Group, Children’s International Summer Villages. He is a member of the MHN (Multi-Housing News) Executive Council. Todd resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.




  • University of Michigan, J.D.
  • Harvard University, A.B.



  • Asset Management
  • Compliance
  • Legal