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About Todd Gloria

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Learning from his parents the importance of leaving things better than you found them, Todd Gloria works enthusiastically and tirelessly to ensure San Diego is a truly great city.

Addressing the challenges of homelessness and affordable housing inspired him to pursue public office in 2008, when he was elected to serve as the councilmember for San Diego's Third District, consisting of the city's unique older urban neighborhoods. Thousands of affordable units were approved or constructed in San Diego since his election. By reallocating the city's limited homeless services funds to results oriented programs, Councilmember Gloria is using creative problem solving and national best practices to move homeless individuals and families onto healthier, self-reliant paths. He led the way for San Diego's first permanent year-round homeless service center and, as chair of the Regional Continuum of Care Council, he transitioned the city's interim housing facility from a 16-week winter tent system to a year-round permanent program assisting approximately three times as many clients annually.

Through his work at the City of San Diego and as a board member of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Councilmember Gloria has helped expand trolley service, implement Bus Rapid Transit service throughout the region, and add valuable bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

As Chair of the Budget and Government Efficiency Committee since 2011, Councilmember Gloria oversaw the development and approval of budgets that stabilized the city's finances after years of cuts, and restored critical services like library hours. As the city has rebounded from the global recession, Councilmember Gloria has successfully championed increased infrastructure investment, resulting in miles of smoother roads and the term "sexy streets."

Councilmember Gloria currently chairs the SANDAG Transportation Committee and represents San Diego on the SANDAG Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and is Chair Pro Tem of the Metropolitan Transit System.

He was selected by the City Council as its President in 2013 and 2014 and served as Interim Mayor of the City of San Diego from August 30, 2013 until March 2, 2014. Prior to his election in 2008, Councilmember Gloria 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 to the City Council, and as a member of the Mid-City Prostitution Impact Panel.

In 2013, Councilmember Gloria was one of 24 individuals chosen for the Aspen Institute's Rodel Fellowship Program for Public Leadership, recognizing him as one of the nation's most promising young leaders in American government. Councilmember Gloria was named San Diego's Best Elected Official by the readers of CityBeat in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. His work has also been recognized by numerous organizations, including the San Diego Bicycle Coalition, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego LGBT Community Center, and San Diego Housing Federation.

Councilmember Gloria is a graduate of the University of San Diego and an enrolled member of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. A native of San Diego, Councilmember Gloria is also a third generation resident of District Three and lives in Mission Hills.

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