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Theresa Peña - At-Large
Theresa Peña was elected to the Denver Public School Board of Education as an at-large representative in November 2003 and was reelected in November 2007 for a second four-year term. Theresa was the first Latina elected to an at-large position in the city of Denver. In November 2005 she was selected to serve as the Board President and reelected by her colleagues in November 2007 to serve in that capacity for two more years. She is the first Latina to serve in this capacity.
Theresa is a Denver native. She graduated from East High School and then attended Pomona College where she received a BA in sociology. Theresa worked as an admissions counselor at Pomona. After leaving Pomona College she enrolled at Cornell University where she received her MBA with a concentration in finance and marketing. She worked at IBM as a financial analyst and then began a decade long career at US WEST where she had a successful career in marketing, human resources, operations and finance. Prior to joining the Board she worked with her husband in his business, Animal Eye Specialists, and brother at his shop, Suavecito’s.
Theresa has two children who attend DPS schools and her husband is a veterinary ophthalmologist. She served on the Mayor’s Latino Advisory Council and is a board member of the Denver Scholarship Foundation, the Denver Public Schools Retirement System, and the Women for Education. Theresa serves on the executive committee for the Council of Great City Schools, a national coalition of the nation’s largest urban public school systems, and a member of the Colorado Governor’s P20 Council.