Todd Gloria, 1999 CA
City Council President, San Diego, California
"In a world where politics is derided and government service can be demonized, the Truman Scholarship served as an affirmation that this was a path worth pursuing. I was honored to be in the company of the other scholars, who helped me realize I could compete in this field and had something valuable to offer." - Todd Gloria, CA 1999
Todd's lifelong dedication to public service stems from the lesson of his parents that if you care about something, you should leave it better than you found it. Prior to his election to the San Diego City Council in 2008, Todd served as District Director to U.S. Congresswoman Susan A. Davis and worked for the County of San Diego's Health and Human Services Agency. Todd's volunteer efforts to improve the community include his work as a San Diego Housing Commissioner from 2005 until his election in 2008, and as a member of the Mid-City Prostitution Impact Panel. As a Councilmember, Todd remains committed to community service and regularly volunteers with his staff on neighborhood projects.
In Todd's first term as a Councilmember, he championed increased infrastructure investment, resulting in miles of smoother roads and the term "sexy streets." He also led the way for San Diego's first permanent year-round homeless service center, was a leading advocate for transportation options including a stronger public transit system and pedestrian and bicycle projects, and authored Proposition C, which updated the City's veterans hiring policy.
Todd was re-elected to represent District Three on June 5, 2012, and his colleagues elected him to be the City Council President on December 3, 2012. Todd was named San Diego's Best Elected Official by the readers of CityBeat in 2011 and 2012. His work has also been recognized by numerous organizations, including the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Greater San Diego Business Association, and the HIV Consumer Council.
Todd is a graduate of the University of San Diego and an enrolled member of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He credits his experience as a Truman Scholar with putting him on a path to public service. As Todd puts it, "the Truman Summer Institute gave me a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. That experience shaped my understanding of government and the many ways to serve people in need. While I may have pursued this career on my own, I know that my ability to serve was well influenced by the Truman Scholarship."
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