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.

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.

Ms. Villegas currently serves as chair of the board for a local nonprofit in Northeast Los Angeles, Mujeres de La Tierra (MDLA). MDLA helps Spanish speaking women understand and advocate for environmental issues. Ms. Villegas earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern California. She is a resident of El Sereno and lives with her husband, with whom she is raising their three kids.