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Teresa joined the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, lobbying team as the Legislative and Policy Director in January 2011, and in May 2013, she began serving as the Government Affairs Director. Teresa is the lead on health care policy and serves as Chair of the Healthy Washington Coalition, the state's largest health care advocacy group. Teresa was appointed by the Governor to represent workers in Washington and the Healthy Washington Coalition on the Health Insurance Exchange Board, where she is former chair of the Exchange Public Policy Committee and a sitting member of the Policy and Audit committees.
Teresa represents the labor council on the Washington State Unemployment Insurance Advisory Committee, the Human Trafficking Task Force, and works with affiliates and community partners on the Stop Wage Theft Coalition and the Farmworker Coalition, and many other policy issues that effect working families.
She grew up in Olympia, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in health policy from The Evergreen State College. Her professional experience in advancing health and social justice policies began at Sea Mar Community Health Centers where she served as Latino Senior Program Manager. She went on to work for the Washington State Department of Health as the Legislative and Policy Coordinator for the Community and Family Health Division. She continued her work on health and nutrition policies at the Children's Alliance as the Health Policy Director, and then as the lobbyist advancing policies to protect children’s health, access to education and food, and against the consequences of poverty. Soon after the passage of federal health care reform law, Teresa went onto work at the Community Health Plan and Community Health Network of Washington as the Health Care Reform Specialist.
Teresa continues her commitment to eradicating poverty, addressing health disparities and ending inequity through her current work with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. She can be reached at 360-570-5166 or via email.
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