In December 2016, Todd Gloria was sworn in as the California State Assemblymember for the 78th Assembly District making him only the second person of Filipino heritage ever elected to the California State Assembly and the Legislature’s only enrolled tribal member.
A native San Diegan, Todd’s lifelong career in public service was inspired by a lesson his parents – a hotel maid and a gardener – taught him at a young age: if you truly care about something, then you should leave it better than you found it. That lesson continues to motivate Todd to improve the San Diego region and the State of California every single day.
Todd began his public service career working for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. He went on to join the office of U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis serving as a community representative and eventually her district director. Having developed a passion for housing and homelessness solutions, Todd was appointed as a San Diego Housing Commissioner from 2005 to 2008. He also served as a member of the Mid-City Prostitution Impact Panel during this time.
In 2008, Todd was elected to the San Diego City Council. As a City Councilmember, Todd is credited with bringing thousands of affordable housing units to the City of San Diego as well as helping to reallocate the City’s limited homelessness service funds towards results-oriented programs.
For more than half of his tenure, Todd led the development of the city’s budget as the Budget and Government Efficiency Committee chair. His thoughtful, collaborative, and fair approach resulted in the stabilization of city finances after years of cuts and the restoration of critical services such as library hours. As the City rebounded from the recession, Todd championed increased infrastructure investment resulting in hundreds of miles of smoother roads.
During his two full terms on the City Council, Todd was selected by his peers to serve as City Council President for two terms and served as the City’s Interim Mayor from August 2013 to March 2014.
Todd’s service as the City’s Interim Mayor is credited for restoring the public’s trust in city government. He strengthened the City’s organizational structure and developed a groundbreaking, legally-enforceable Climate Action Plan.
In the Assembly, Todd has continued his advocacy for increased infrastructure investment and pragmatic and innovative solutions to housing and homelessness. To date, Todd has been able to successfully author, pass, and receive the Governor’s signature on 13 pieces of legislation dealing with important issues such as election reform, housing solutions, and cutting government red tape for small businesses.
Known as one of the most accessible elected officials in San Diego, Todd remains in close contact with neighbors throughout his District and credits San Diegans for keeping him focused on the issues that matter most in their communities.
Todd is a graduate of the University of San Diego and an enrolled member of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He lives in the neighborhood of Mission Hills.
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