About Teresa Villegas

M. Teresa Villegas Commissioner

Ms. Teresa Villegas was nominated by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works in September 2019. She was confirmed by the City Council and currently serves as the Board liaison to the Bureau of Street Services (StreetsLA) and the City Forest Officer. She was elected Vice President of the Board on March, 16, 2022.

Ms. Villegas brings 20 years of work in the public sector to the City. She has worked for Los Angeles County in different capacities including Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. She previously served as senior advisor to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Gloria Molina and Hilda L. Solis. She advised both members on all countywide environmental policy issues, natural resource ballot measures, and various budget proposals.

She has extensive experience working in Sacramento as a registered lobbyist and Legislative Director for the Trust for Public Land. She helped secure funding for many parks, open space projects, and water infrastructure projects. She currently serves as Chair of the Safe Clean Water Program leading Los Angeles County Upper Los Angeles River Watershed Stakeholder Committee.   

Ms. Villegas earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and her master's degree from the Price School of Public Policy in Executive Leadership from the University of Southern California. She is a resident of Highland Park and lives with her husband, with whom she is raising their three children.