If you care about something, you should leave it better than you found it. That lesson was instilled in Todd Gloria by his parents, and it motivates him to improve the San Diego region every day.
Since San Diegans sent him to City Hall as the third district Councilmember in 2008, Todd has made significant progress on the agenda his constituents set for him: he has continued the progress made by his City Council predecessor, Toni Atkins, increasing affordable housing opportunities; Todd has expanded transportation options through new transit service and safer biking and walking infrastructure; and he helped stabilize the city budget through responsible funding decisions and sensible reforms; and he has championed policies to strengthen the local economy and support small businesses.
Known as the most accessible member of the San Diego City Council, Todd remains in close contact with neighbors throughout the city. He credits San Diegans for keeping him focused on the issues that matter most in their communities.
Since 2008, thousands of affordable housing units were added to San Diego. By implementing Todd's proposal in 2014, the city's homelessness services funds are used more effectively and moving more people off the streets and into the help they need. He is credited with paving the way for San Diego's first permanent homeless services center and housing facility, and continues to work with regional leaders to end homelessness as Chair of the Regional Continuum of Care Council.
Todd understands the transportation challenges throughout San Diego County. As a board member of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Todd Gloria has helped secure funds to create more transportation options. He has worked to add Bus Rapid Transit throughout the region, invest in infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians, and increase trolley service.
Todd Gloria led the development of the city budget as San Diego's Budget Committee Chair since 2011. His thoughtful, collaborative, and fair approach resulted in financial security for San Diego and better neighborhood services including more library hours throughout the city.
Throughout his term on the City Council, Todd has remained a reliable partner to the business community, consistently supporting programs that provide regulatory relief and small business assistance. He has also continuously advocated for business assessment districts, as well as policies that support the local tourism industry and generate positive economic impact for the region.
In addition to serving as the San Diego City Councilmember for District Three, Todd chairs the SANDAG Transportation Committee and is an active and valuable member of the SANDAG Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and is Chair Pro Tem of the Metropolitan Transit System.
Todd was chosen for the Aspen Institute's Rodel Fellowship Program for Public Leadership on 2014, recognizing him as one of 24 of the most promising young leaders in American government. Diverse organizations have honored Todd for his extensive contributions, including the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego LGBT Community Center, and San Diego Housing Federation. He may be most proud that readers of CityBeat recognized Todd as San Diego's Best Elected Official in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
The City Council elected Todd as its President in 2013 and 2014 and he is credited with restoring the public's trust in city government as the Interim Mayor from August 2013 until March 2014. His dedication to public service began at the County of San Diego's Health and Human Services Agency and continued as District Director to U.S. Congresswoman Susan A. Davis. He also previously served as a San Diego Housing Commissioner and as a member of the Mid-City Prostitution Impact Panel.
Todd Gloria graduated from the University of San Diego and is an enrolled member of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. A native of San Diego, he lives in the neighborhood of Mission Hills.
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