Todd Maki

Committed to Serve

Students Leadership Foundation

The focus of the organization is on giving students the desirable skills of leadership in a form of training that is comprehensive and refined from the masters skilled in the art of training and teamwork. Leadership would not exist if it were not for the people currently ushering in a new generation of mentors and also the most attuned methods of honing the trust of followers. There is a great divide between the younger generations and the leadership of the elder generations. We need to inspire the minds of tomorrow with the mixed methods of teaching that can create a bridge between reaching those in the middle of the generation gap. Alongside our mission to promote leadership in the classroom and beyond, we will provide scholarship to qualified applicants that meet the requirements and assessment that determine their potential and ambition.

          Todd Maki is a recent MPA graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and an Accredited Financial Counselor in El Paso, Texas. He had formed the Students Leadership Foundation many years ago and initiated a board of directors to assist in helping all students. In December of 2016, he graduated with distinction from Hawaii Pacific University with a Masters in Human Resources Management. Prior to that he completed a tour as both a Non-Commissioned Officer and as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army. Prior to military service, Todd came within a few hundred votes of winning the primary for Florida State Representative in District 87. Out of his multitude of experiences, he has emerged as a well rounded leader eager to take on many challenges that come his way.

            For many years, Todd has been deeply committed to public service in education, political, military, health & safety, and faith-based arenas. His his policy interests and early involvement dates back to his college days at Palm Beach State College when he met with the Lt. Governor of Florida. While studying political science and philosophy at Florida State University, he interned in the Florida State Legislature for State Senator Dave Aronberg and for State Senator and U.S. Congressman, Ron Klein.

            Todd has long been a leader and a trainer of leaders. Active in student government, he represented more than 40,000 students as the Student Trustee on the District Board of Trustees of Palm Beach State College.  As the sole student representative, he worked rigorously with the Student Body, Administration and other Trustees to improve food service and facilities.  At the request of the director of the Summer Youth College, Todd, who participated in a similar program in 2004, led Future Leadership Boca in 2008 and 2009. He is also the founder and past chairman of the Christian Leadership Association at Palm Beach State College and was Secretary of Municipal Affairs at Florida State University.  While studying Political Science at Florida State, Todd worked hard with the City and County Commissions to maintain free student travel on public transit and improve ride times at and around the University as a Stakeholder.

            Much of Todd's work life has been in the field of public service and health & safety. He has been everything from an Aqua Aerobics Instructor for the U.S. Water Fitness Association, Aquatic Supervisor and Swim Lesson Instructor at the YMCA, a Boca Raton Ocean Rescue Lifeguard and was a Disaster Alert Team Member to a Health and Safety Educator (CPR, First Aid, AED) for the American Red Cross. Todd was an active member of Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton where he participated in a mission trip to Haiti. He was an Assistant Team Leader for the Kairos Prison Ministry; a fund raiser for Food for the Poor; and a participant in Habitat for Humanity.  Working for years as a salesman prior to his service, he came out ready to lead and is now managing a construction company while attending Hawaii Pacific University for (MAHRM) Master of Arts in Human Resources Management.

      His many honors and awards prior to Military Service include a Provost Award for Distinguished Service at Palm Beach State College; Volunteer in Public Schools, Palm Beach County; and an Environmental Scholarship at Gumbo Limbo/FAU. He served under the Chief of Naval Education and Training in NJROTC; and he has delivered opening remarks at the Junior Achievement, South Florida Business Hall of Fame with Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.).

Brief Biography

Todd F. Maki

Served Honorably:
  • United States Army (Sept. 9, 2009 until May 6, 2015)
  • 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI
  • 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, OK
  • 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, El Paso, TX
  • 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, GA
  • 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, OK
  • 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, OK
Military Honors, Awards, and Certificates:
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Joint Fires Observer Qualified / SC
  • Weaponeering and Targeting Certified
  • Command Post of the Future Certified
  • Digital Training Management System Certified
  • Commanding General of Fort Sill: Arrowhead Medallion
  • Lt. Col. of 1-40th Field Artillery Battalion: Crest Medallion for Excellence
  • William T. Lesh Award for Selfless Service
  • Officer Candidate School Graduate
  • Basic Officer Leaders Course Graduate
  • Honor Graduate: Basic Combat Training Class #508-09
  • Certificate of Achievement: Squad Leader, Alpha BTRY 95th AG Battalion
  • Field Artillery Tactical Data Sys Specialist Course Graduate Class 011-10 (#250-13D10) 
Legislative Involvement:
  • Candidate for the FL House of Representatives, District 87 (2008 Election)
  • Legislative Intern for State Senator Dave Aronberg,
  • Legislative Intern for former State Senator and US Congressman Ron Klein,
  • Secretary of Municipal Affairs (Florida State University / Tallahassee City Commission / Leon County Commission)
  • Transportation Affairs Stakeholder (City of Tallahassee, Florida)
Palm Beach County Community Involvement (Past and Present):
  • Vice President: Rescue-101
  • Disaster Alert Team member: American Red Cross
  • Health and Safety Educator: American Red Cross
  • Congregation Member: Advent Lutheran Church
  • Program Director: Future Leadership Boca 2009
  • Program Chair: Future Leadership Boca 2008 
  • Day Planner: Future Leadership Boca 2007
  • Precinct Coordinator: Palm Beach County Democratic Party
  • Volunteer: Family Promise
  • Aquatic Supervisor: YMCA of Boca Raton
  • Aqua Aerobics Instructor: United States Water Fitness Association
  • YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor
  • Food for the Poor Fundraiser
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • District Board of Trustees Palm Beach Community College
  • Founder/Chairman: Christian Leadership Association
  • Alzheimer's Community Care Volunteer of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
  • Leadership Palm Beach County FOCUS 2004
  • Assistant Team Leader: Kairos Prison Ministry
Recognition:
  • The Voters' Coalition of Palm Beach County: Primary Endorsement
  • Volunteers in Public Schools (School District of Palm Beach County)
  • Provost Award for Distinguished Service 2004
  • Environmental Scholarship Award (Gumbo Limbo / FAU)
  • Secretary of Municipal Affairs (FSU)
  • Center for Student Leadership (PBCC)
  • National Conference on Student Sevices
  • Chief of Naval Education and Training - Mini Boot Camp Graduate (NJROTC)
  • Junior Achievement, South Florida Business Hall of Fame Opening Remarks
  • Manager: Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.
  • MC for Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration (PBCC)
Personal:
  • Permanent resident of current District 87 for 20 years.
  • Religious: Member of Advent Lutheran Church, Boca Raton
  • Education: Verde Elementary School, Boca Middle School, Boca High School, and local colleges and universities.
  • Father: Small Business Owner; Mother: Teacher; Brother: Firefighter/Paramedic; Sister: Optometrist.
  • Enjoys: Snorkeling, Bicycling, Camping, and Reading books on Leadership.