Teresa is the Executive Director of Washington State Microenterprise Association and a veteran microenterprise practitioner with over 18 years of direct experience. A nationally recognized leader in her field, Teresa received Best Practice designation for her work with self-employment, social enterprise, industry and business incubator initiatives, providing counsel to organizations across the US and abroad.
Teresa's program development activities have resulted in the creation of more than 450 new business ventures, 3000 new jobs and $110 Million for community investment, winning the National Champion of Veterans in Business award for her government contracting assistance programs in 2004. Her leadership and public policy work has resulted in effective legislation and collaborative partnerships with key state entities. Teresa holds a Masters in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.
She is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional and has extensive training in economic development and non-profit management. Teresa is a strong advocate for meeting the challenges of economic opportunity across industry, community and class.
Teresa has years of experience working with Small & Micro businesses and brings that knowledge to WACommerce.