Chris Toth was appointed executive director of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) in December 2017 after serving as the organization’s deputy executive director since February 2004 and as acting executive director from September 2007 to March 2008. As deputy executive director, Chris supervised support for NAAG committees in the areas of antitrust, consumer protection, criminal law, cyberspace law, and energy and environment, among others. He also supervised the NAAG Center for Tobacco and Public Health, which coordinates enforcement of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between the major tobacco manufacturers and 46 states, as well as the Center for Supreme Court Advocacy, which prepares state attorneys to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. Chris also served as director of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), a NAAG branch, from its 2007 inception until December 2017. In addition to serving on the NAGTRI faculty, Chris has served as a faculty member for the National District Attorneys Association.
Prior to joining NAAG, Chris was elected and served as the prosecuting attorney in St. Joseph County (South Bend), Indiana. As prosecuting attorney Chris initiated a number of innovative programs in the areas of community prosecution, cold-case investigations, DUI prevention, and domestic violence prevention. He also previously served as deputy prosecuting attorney and in private legal practice.
Chris attended Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School and received his commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served several tours on active duty in the Navy, including deployments on the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy and on the staff of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Commander in London, England, before attending law school. Following law school, Chris served as an NCIS agent (through the Navy Reserves).
In addition to serving as a naval officer on both active duty and the reserves, Chris served both on active duty and in the reserves as an Army officer, retiring from the Army Reserve in 2011. He was deployed multiple times during his career, including to Bosnia, Kuwait, and Iraq. His assignments included serving as the commander of a unit that conducted missions against indicted war criminals and in support of the Global War on Terrorism in Bosnia, and as the commander of the provincial reconstruction team military detachment in Diwaniyah Province, Iraq. His military awards include the Bronze Star for Service, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Army Airborne Parachutist Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various expeditionary, unit, and service awards.
Chris is a member of the executive committee of the International Association of Prosecutors. He is a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist through the University of Maryland Extension, and participates in community volunteer efforts to teach sound ecological and sustainable practices. He is also an alumnus of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, having served as a delegate with the 2002 delegation to Taiwan and the senior delegate with the 2008 delegation to Turkey with this bipartisan, U.S. State Department sponsored organization. He is also a beekeeper and an avid runner, having completed 12 marathons.
Chris was born and raised in Indiana. He received his B.A., cum laude, from New York University, and his J.D., cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Chris, his wife Susan, and son Kit reside in Maryland.