Teresa serves as the NextGen Initiatives Manager, leading the Mentorship Exchange, Talent Accelerator, and NextGen Alumni Network programs. Teresa is also a NextGen alumni and brings her 2016 experience and perspective to the role.
Before coming to Disability:IN, Teresa worked as a Field Organizer for Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign in Georgia, where she recruited, trained, and managed a team of over 200 volunteers and helped flip several state House seats in Gwinnett County.
Prior to the campaign, Teresa worked for three years at Capital One, where she was part of the Human Resources Rotation program, a development program for future leaders in HR. At Capital One, Teresa gained experience in HR Operations, Talent Acquisition, Compensation, and Diversity and Inclusion, where she last served as the D&I Strategy and Analytics Lead for Campus Recruiting. Teresa also served as the national Communications Lead of CapAbilities—Capital One’s disability business resource group—and served the Northern Virginia area as the Recruiting workstream lead.
Teresa’s passion for disability inclusion stems from her time at Cornell University, where she studied Industrial and Labor Relations and worked on research at the Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. During her time at Cornell, Teresa also worked on youth employment in Hyderabad, India, therapeutic arts lessons with teen girls in Cusco, Peru, civilian personnel policy at the Department of Defense, and disability policy as an intern for former Senator Tom Harkin’s Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Teresa’s work has been recognized in numerous awards, including the 2014 Truman Scholarship for change agents and future public service leaders.
When not at work, Teresa is a member on the YWCA National Capital Area’s Young Women’s Leadership Council, where she empowers women and young girls in D.C. through economic and professional development resources.