Todd Hooks is the Economic Development Director for the Agua Caliente band of the Cahuilla Indians. Born and raised in Monrovia, California, he earned his B.A. from Harvard University and a Masters in Educational Administration at UCLA. Todd has worked for numerous Southern California cities and agencies in economic development—especially in the cities of Burbank, San Bernardino and Pomona. His experience implementing creative approaches to complex commercial, industrial, and housing projects in those cities gave him a firm background working with the business sector, public agencies, and local community leaders. Todd came to the Tribal Planning and Development Office from the City of San Diego where he spent five years as the Deputy Director for re-development—attending to projects that encompassed over 8,000 acres. In his role with the Tribe, he has pursued business and commercial real estate and housing development opportunities that benefit the Tribe. He also acts as an economic development liaison for the Tribe to the Cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, and Rancho Mirage. Additionally, he has worked with the local Chambers of Commerce, Palm Springs EDC, and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. Todd has served on the Planning Commission for the City of Cathedral City for eight years.