San Jose Director
Teresa Alvarado leads SPUR's work in San Jose. 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 Jose native with a long history of civic leadership, Teresa currently serves on the boards of Parks California, Silicon Valley Creates and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). She is founder of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and serves on its advisory board.
Teresa serves as an appointed commissioner to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and chairs its Environmental Justice Commissioner Working Group. She is also a member of the City of San Jose’s Diridon Station Area Advisory Group, advising the city on prospective private development by Google and others around Diridon San Jose Central Station. She previously served as an appointed member of the City of San Jose's Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Update Task Force and was the first community member appointed to the San Jose Mercury News editorial board.
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 senior fellow.