Young Adult Leadership Council

Theresa Soares

Theresa Soares lives in Central California, where she works as the corporate development director at ValleyPBS. Passionate about public media and education, she is devoted to building community partnerships between all sectors that value public media’s mission.

Previously, she held the position of key account executive with the USA Today Network (Gannett Co.) GCI. She excelled in creating new business development opportunities among digital advertising accounts within health care, financial, food/agriculture, and e-commerce industries. In addition to her SMB experience, Theresa also has worked closely with advertising and PR agencies on national branding and earned media campaigns in the tech, education, and grocery sectors.

Theresa graduated from Mills College with a Bachelor of Arts in business, management, and social innovation and a minor in urban education. During her time at Mills, she participated in a public interest radio program in partnership with KALW, and the Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships in Oakland, CA. Recently, Theresa was honored by the California State Legislature and the Tulare County Board of Supervisors for her leadership in expanding access to opportunities for women in technology.

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New “Public Charge” Rule: The Impact on Students, Families, Schools, and Communities

Education and civil rights advocates are in agreement: Students who are immigrants and those whose parents are immigrants should not have their citizenship status jeopardized when they receive public assistance. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) disagrees. Just last week, DHS issued a final rule that is set to go into effect on October … Continue reading New “Public Charge” Rule: The Impact on Students, Families, Schools, and Communities

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