Teresa Acosta is a small business owner and community leader in Carlsbad, California, and a candidate for Carlsbad City Council in 2020. Her firm, Acosta + Partners, builds public-private partnerships between government agencies and technology companies to benefit communities throughout California. Highly skilled in innovation, collaboration, and consensus-building, Teresa previously held both private sector and public sector leadership positions, serving as Vice President, Director of Partner Programs, Director of Communications, Regional Public Affairs Manager, and Professor at MiraCosta College.
Teresa actively supports entrepreneurship, education, and environmental issues. An engaged member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, she currently chairs the Chamber’s Technology Advisory Committee and co-chairs the Government Affairs Committee. Since 2015, she has served on the board of directors for the Institute for Local Government, where she chairs the Advancement Committee. She has been a member of MANA de San Diego since 2013, and on the San Diego Union-Tribune Community Advisory Board since 2017. A nature lover and environmentalist, she regularly volunteers with the Surfrider Foundation and is a supporter of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation. From 2013 to 2019, Teresa also served on the board of directors for the non-profit MAAC Project, where she chaired the Audit Committee.
Teresa earned a BA in International Relations from USC at the age of 18, and an MBA from Pepperdine University, as a single mother working full-time, when she was 28. She believes in lifelong learning and the transformative power of education. Teresa is a graduate of the HOPE Leadership Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership Latina Leaders Program, the Carlsbad Citizens Academy, and the San Diego County Water Authority Academy.
Teresa and her family live in the La Costa area of Carlsbad.
Join Teresa Acosta and other exceptional speakers at REVIVAL on October 30th. Teresa will be sharing valuable insight on navigating the business world with excellence.