2009 Chair (Los Angeles)†
Todd Cooley is founder and principal of the Todd Cooley Company. He serves as chief strategist, account manager and copywriter, while orchestrating the efforts of independent specialists carefully selected to meet the distinct requirements of each client.
Todd has helped businesses establish relationships, build credibility, and promote products and services for more than two decades. He has a deep background in marketing and public relations, helping organizations influence constituents through empathy, understanding and effective communication. He has worked with an incredibly diverse array of clients, including entrepreneurial start-ups, local businesses, public utilities, nonprofit organizations, professional service firms and major corporations. His experience includes engagements with high-profile organizations such as Nissan, Southern California Edison, CBRE and Anheuser-Busch.
Prior to establishing the Todd Cooley Company in 2011, Todd spent eight years in marketing and corporate communications with McGladrey, the nation’s fifth largest CPA and business advisory firm. He initially was responsible for overseeing public relations, advertising, internal communications and online communications for McGladrey Capital Markets, the firm’s investment banking subsidiary. He subsequently moved to the parent company to help develop and implement its thought leadership and content marketing programs.
Before joining McGladrey, Todd led his own boutique public relations firm for eight years, where his clients ranged from MET-Rx and Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball to Fidelity Investments and Experian. He previously spent several years in Los Angeles with major public relations firms Rogers Finn Partners, Fleishman-Hillard and Golin.
An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Todd currently is a director on the organization’s national board. He previously served on the boards of both the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters, as president of the Orange County chapter and as chairman of the Western District (comprising chapters in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, California and Hawaii), He received the organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
Todd has long been active in the local community. He spent four years on the 2-1-1 Orange County board and served as chair of its community relations committee. He previously was president of the American Cancer Society’s Newport-Mesa unit and provided pro bono consulting to organizations ranging from Chapman University to the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations from the University of Southern California.