Todd Tande was elected in the newly-configured District 6 (Palo Verde) on August 27, 2013 to an extended five-year term beginning January 1, 2014. On January 17, 2017 Surprise City Council selected Councilmember Todd Tande to serve as Vice Mayor.
Vice Mayor Todd Tande also serves on the Board of Directors and as Sr. Executive Vice President, and co-founder of Education Connection Solutions, LLC., a management consulting firm with International clientele. Todd also is serving as Vice Chairman of Board of Directors for the Navajo Mission and School in Rock Point, Arizona. As part of his City Council duties, Todd currently serves as a member of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Human Services and Community Initiatives Committee. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management and his MBA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California.
Todd spent his early career in the private sector with many years in the theme park (Disney and Knott’s) and Aerospace and Defense (Rockwell International, Hughes Aircraft, Raytheon) industries including in Project Management for the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Production Program. After some promotions, he directly supported top corporate management of a Fortune 27 company with financial analysis and SEC reporting, including work on International Mergers and Acquisitions. Todd is also a licensed Realtor for a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at the Sun City Grand Surprise Office.
In addition to serving as a Surprise City Council Member, Todd has significant experience in public service in California and Indiana. He served in a Budget and Policy Management role in the County Executive Office for Orange County, California where he was hired to help resolve the County’s multi-billion-dollar bankruptcy. As part of the initial recovery efforts, Todd wrote the minute order (local law), unanimously adopted by the Board of Supervisors, to set up a Treasurer’s Oversight Committee consisting of top financial experts from the private sector investment community. Todd also coordinated restructuring of major agency budgets and prepared the recovery briefing charts with information presented to Wall Street and Sacramento during successful recovery efforts.
Todd later served as Chief Financial Officer for Indianapolis-Marion County DPS where his ideas and efforts led to many improvements and changes in federal and state policies. Todd then was asked to join the State of Indiana government as the Deputy Director, serving in the Chief Operating Officer role for one of the largest State Agencies. He was tasked with achieving a successful operational and financial turnaround for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which included over 20 operating divisions and over 4,000 employees during peak seasons. Todd was then promoted and completed his Indiana public service in the State Capitol as Finance Director, responsible for statewide finances at a time when the state achieved its first ever AAA credit rating.
Todd has served in many volunteer roles including as a Council Member and Treasurer of his churches in California and Arizona, as well as being chosen as a voting delegate to represent the church at organizational conferences. Todd also founded and led the local Surprise, Arizona C3G Group providing free services to job seekers.
Todd has served his political party in Arizona, Indiana, and California, in roles such as Precinct Committeeman, State Delegate, Candidate Volunteer Team Member, Campaign Manager, and as an advisor for newly elected candidates on their transition teams. Todd also has served as a volunteer Docent Leader and Chair of the Ways and Means Committee at the Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace Museum in Yorba Linda, California. Todd is an Eagle Scout from historic Troop 99 in Yorba Linda, California, and he also received the title of “Honored Citizen” for Orange County, California from the Board of Supervisors.
Todd met his wife Blossom while they were both working at Disneyland. Blossom has previously served as a Governing Board Member for our local award winning, “A” rated Dysart Unified School District. Todd and Blossom have been married since their freshman year in college. And they have two children and two grandchildren. Todd’s parents moved to Sun City Grand in 2003 – and now four generations of Tande’s live in Surprise, Arizona.