Teresa Alvarado, Principal of Morado Consulting, is an interdisciplinary leader with executive experience in the private, philanthropic, government and civic sectors. Teresa brings her lived, academic, professional and civic leadership to her engagements, working closely with leaders, across sectors, to create positive economic, environmental and social impact.

Professional leadership

Teresa formerly served as Chief of Local Impact at SPUR (San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association) a highly respected urban policy organization with policy expertise in housing, transportation, sustainability and resilience, urban design, economic development, regional and community planning. Teresa developed cross-sector partnerships to achieve impact across SPUR’s policy portfolio and she co-created a racial equity engagement process with SPUR’s 100-member regional board of directors to explore and redefine the organization’s ongoing policy work through an equity framework.

Prior to SPUR, Teresa served as Deputy Administrative Officer at the Santa Clara Valley Water District, working closely with the CEO, leadership team and elected board of directors to manage the region’s water supply during the CA Drought of 2011-2016. She led two departments, the Office of CEO Support and the Office of Communications and Community Engagement. The Office of CEO Support was internally focused, responsible for monitoring and measuring organizational performance. The Office of Communications and Community Engagement implemented a full range of strategic and crisis communications and stakeholder engagement programs.

As the first Executive Director of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV), Teresa established a formal vehicle for Latino philanthropic investment and social impact. She developed a high-profile and highly engaged board, established grantmaking and strategic partnerships, published a seminal report describing Hispanic philanthropic giving and created the successful Latino Board Leadership Academy.

Previously, Teresa served as the Government Relations Representative for Pacific Gas & Electric Company during the California Energy Crisis, managing the interface between internal operations and external stakeholders through strategic public affairs, partnership engagement, communications and corporate philanthropy. Teresa transitioned to the Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives department where she managed grantmaking programs and supported the launch of the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council.

Teresa’s earliest professional role was as an Environmental Compliance Officer working for Science Applications Int’l Corp (SAIC) at NASA Ames Research Center where she coordinated public outreach efforts. Following President Clinton’s Executive Order 12898 establishing Environmental Justice as a national priority, Teresa was lead author of the center’s first Environmental Justice Implementation Plan for which the center received the NASA Center of Excellence Award.

Civic and volunteer leadership

Over the past two decades, Teresa has served on over 30 government and non-profit boards at the local, regional and state level.

Teresa currently serves as a Gubernatorial appointee and chair of the California Water Commission, a public body which provides a forum for discussing water issues, advises the Director of the Department of Water Resources on matters within the Department’s jurisdiction, oversees the construction and operation of the State Water Project and distributes $2.7 billion in public funds for the public benefits of water storage projects.

She is founding board member, board secretary and chair of the nominating committee of Parks California; she is chair of the audit committee of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation; she serves on the finance committee of Archbishop Mitty High School; and, is a board member of SVCreates.

Teresa previously served as a State Senate President pro Tempore appointee to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission where she chaired the committee that developed the first Bay Plan Amendment on Environmental Justice and Social Equity, advising staff and working in partnership with EJ advocates and champions including a pioneer who inspired Teresa’s environmental path, Carl Anthony.

Teresa served as a key member of the Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable (SVRR) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She co-chaired SVRR’s Inclusive Recovery subcommittee with Nicole Taylor, CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The subcommittee made several recommendations for improving financial stability, economic mobility, workforce development and housing access.

Teresa’s respect for authentic stakeholder partnership was informed by her role as a U.S. board member of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2), a community of practitioners who provide training and tools to support sustainable and equitable decisions.

In 1999, Teresa founded the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley (LCSV), a nonprofit dedicated to civic engagement and Latina leadership development. She continues to serve on its advisory board and actively mentor and sponsor its leaders. The LCSV has built on its 20+ year herstory and continues to support the personal, professional and civic development of a large network of Latinas and has been recognized globally for their “Lean in Latinas” circle.

Teresa has been named a “Bay Area Power Woman” by Bisnow, awarded the Luminaria of HOPE by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality and Outstanding Latina in the Bay Area by Univisión, and honored with the NAACP of Silicon Valley Freedom Fighter Award. In 1994, she was selected as a United Nations Environment Programme “New Generation Leader” and attended the Global Assembly of Women and the Environment conference.

Academic experience

Teresa holds a Master of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University, a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental technology and management and a Minor degree in technical writing from San Jose State University. She is an American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley senior fellow.

Teresa has also successfully completed executive and specialized training programs including the Tuck at Dartmouth College’s “Brand and Reputation” program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s “Women and Power: Leadership in a New World” program, “Foundations in Public Participation” training offered by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), and “Public Information Officer” training offered by the California Specialized Training Institute.