Chief of Local Impact
Teresa Alvarado leads SPUR's work in San José. She formerly served as deputy administrative officer with the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Prior to that she served as the first executive director of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Earlier in her career, she managed government relations and corporate philanthropy programs for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
A San José native with a long history of civic leadership, Teresa currently serves on the boards of Parks California and Silicon Valley Creates. She is founder of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and serves on its advisory board.
Teresa serves as an appointed member of the California Water Commission. She previously served on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and chaired its Environmental Justice Commissioner Working Group.
She is a member of the City of San José’s Diridon Station Area Advisory Group, advising the city on prospective private development by Google and others around Diridon San José Central Station. She is also co-chair of the City of San José's Envision San José 2040 General Plan Four-Year Review Task Force.
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 José State University. She is an American Leadership Forum senior fellow.