San Jose, Calif., June 23, 2016 – Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley is pleased to announce Teresa Alvarado as the 2016 Sisterhood Award recipient.
The Sisterhood Award is presented annually to honor the commitment and contributions made to Latina Coalition. The award will be presented at Latina Coalition’s Sisterhood Brunch on Sunday, June 26.
Teresa’s vision, leadership and fierce advocacy of Latinas exemplify the movement to strengthen the Latina leadership pipeline in Silicon Valley. As a co-founder of Latina Coalition, Teresa’s vision continues to be reflected in the organization’s goals to create a pipeline for future generations of Latina leaders through civic engagement, leadership development and sisterhood.
“Teresa is a dedicated leader and tireless advocate for Latinas in leadership,” said Latina Coalition Board President Jazmin Segura. “Teresa’s vision is what started this movement and her continued guidance has enabled Latina Coalition to continue moving forward.”
Latina Coalition stands on the shoulders of the strong women who have paved the way to continue building the Latina Coalition legacy. The 2016 Sisterhood Award celebrates Teresa as one of those strong leaders.
Among the past honorees are Patricia Castorena, Rachel Camacho and Juana Guevara.
About Teresa Alvarado
Teresa Alvarado is San Jose Director of SPUR, a 105-year old nonprofit that promotes good government and good planning through research, education and advocacy. With offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, SPUR’s policy staff is immersed in a diverse array of land use and regional planning projects.
Teresa formerly served as a communications and community engagement executive 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 worked in government relations and corporate philanthropy for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
A San Jose native with a long history of civic leadership, Teresa currently serves on the boards of San Jose Jazz, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). She is founder of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and serves on its advisory board.
She is a former board or advisory board member of SPUR, Greenbelt Alliance, the Rotary Club of San Jose, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. She was an appointee to 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.
Ms. Alvarado 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 a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education “Women and Power: Leadership in a New World” program, the Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth “Brand and Reputation” program and is an American Leadership Forum senior fellow.
About Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley
Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley educates, prepares and connects Latinas in the areas of civic engagement and leadership development as an expression of our shared values of service, commitment and appreciation for the Latinas who have paved the way for our successes.