The daughter of schoolteachers, orphaned at a young age, Teresa overcame life’s obstacles and broke down numerous barriers to dedicate her life to improving the community around her.
Teresa became the first African-American woman in the United States to earn a degree in Nuclear Engineering when she graduated from Northwestern University. Soon after, she completed her MBA Degree from the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.
Before coming to California, Teresa worked at the White House under the Clinton Administration. In her time at the White House, Teresa coordinated events that strengthened community relations with constituent groups including legislative affairs, facilitated public policy briefings for Presidential business forums, and organized Presidential delegations and appointments.
Currently, Teresa is dedicated to improving international trade relations, furthering business opportunities, and creating jobs in our community. Teresa serves in the Obama Administration on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s District Export Council – Northern California. She also recently led a Trade Mission to China in her duties as Chair of Fremont Economic Development Advisory Commission.
Professionally, Teresa has worked for several Fortune 500 hi-tech companies in Silicon Valley including Lam Research, Symantec, KLA Tencor, and Salesforce.com. Teresa currently manages the procurement and contract activities at the leading health club industry pioneer serving four million members in more than 400 clubs across the United States.
Teresa has also devoted her time to improving our education system. Teresa guest lectures at Stanford University on global trade issues and is a former member of the Stanford Hospital Advisory Board.
Teresa has been elected twice as a Trustee for the Ohlone Community College Board, where her efforts have led Ohlone College to improve every year and earn one of the highest transfer rates to 4-year universities in the entire state. In her time as a Trustee she’s also fought for women’s rights for equal pay, passage of a bond measure, and increased green technology on the Ohlone campus.
Today, Teresa is running to represent the people of Fremont, Newark, North San Jose, Milpitas and Santa Clara as Assemblymember of Assembly District 25.
Teresa is the proud mother of two school-age children and lives in Fremont.