Todd graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and, although accepted at UCLA and USC, he chose Glendale Community College because he had heard of its excellent reputation and its strong transfer programs.
Todd attended GCC from 1988-90, and served as Student Body President and Trustee in 1989. He feels that the college prepared him to succeed professionally and claims that the experience offered him exceptional leadership opportunities. Todd transferred to Georgetown University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Government and History. In 1997, he received a Master’s in Public Policy, concentrating on Environmental Law and Policy and Land-Use Planning, from USC, as well as a second Master’s degree from Yale University in Environmental Management. Todd returned to GCC briefly as an ESL teaching assistant in preparation for a summer teaching assignment in U.S. History and Government in Legnica, Poland. Todd values his overseas experience, as it helped him understand what so many students encounter when they study in another country.
Todd served a graduate internship with General Electric’s Environmental, Health and Safety division in Connecticut, and was later hired by the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco as a policy analyst. Todd has been involved in numerous associations involved in various interests including: real estate, domestic violence, downtown revitalization, environmental oversight, mobile air pollution, and childcare, to name just a few. For the past five years, Todd has served as Policy Director for the Coalition for Clean Air, and most recently has been elected as a City Council Member by the City of Burbank.
Even though he has attended some of the nation’s top universities, Todd credits GCC’s talented faculty, and states “The college, for me, was a true blessing in disguise.” Asked if he could describe Glendale College in a word, he said it would be “opportunity.”