Councilmember Todd Tande
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. Todd also served a term as Vice Mayor for the City of Surprise from January 2017 until January 2018. As part of his Council duties, Todd is also serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for WESTMARC, and he has also served several years on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Human Services and Community Initiatives Committee.
Council Member Todd Tande serves on the Board of Directors, and as Senior Executive Vice President, as a co-founder of Education Connection Solutions, LLC. a management consulting firm with International clientele. He also is a licensed Realtor. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management and his MBA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Todd spent half of his career in the private sector with many years in the theme park (Disney and Knott’s) and defense (Rockwell International, Hughes Aircraft, Raytheon) industries including directly supporting top corporate management of a Fortune 27 company.
Todd also has 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 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 for six years where his ideas and efforts led to improvements and changes in federal and state policies. Todd then was asked to join the Indiana state government as the Deputy Director serving in the Chief Operating Officer role, where 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, and as a Board Member and four-year Vice Chairman of the Navajo Mission and School in Rock Point, Arizona. Todd also founded and led the local Surprise 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, 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 and his wife Blossom, who completed a term serving as a Governing Board Member for our local award winning Dysart Unified School District at a time when the District achieved its first District “A” Rating from the State of Arizona. Todd and Blossom have been married since their Freshman year in College and they have two children, Erikka who is a Physician Assistant – Certified (PA-C) at a large hospital emergency room, and Brian who is an Assistant Store Manager for a large retailer. Todd and Blossom also now have two grandchildren. Todd’s parents, moved to Sun City Grand in 2003 – and now four generations of Tande’s live in Surprise, Arizona.