Silicon Valley Clean Water
Teresa Herrera is Manager of Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW), the wastewater treatment facility serving member agencies of Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont and West Bay Sanitary District. She is the first woman manager at SVCW and only the third person to assume the job in SVCW’s nearly 50-year history.
In 2008 Teresa came to SVCW as its first Plant Engineer and creating its first engineering department. Her primary charge was to oversee engineering needs within the agency and to manage capital improvement efforts costing hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2012, she was promoted to assistant manager/Authority engineer, broadening responsibilities to include Information Services, Safety, and Administrative Services Divisions, and continuing to oversee a now $833 million CIP and $24 million annual operating budget. In 2016 her position was reclassified to assistant manager/chief engineering officer with broader responsibilities for SVCW's Regional Environmental Sewer Conveyance Upgrade program (RESCU). In July 2018 Teresa was appointed SVCW’s manager with responsibility for the Authority’s overall functioning.
Over a 20-year period, Teresa was with Whitley Burchett & Associates in Walnut Creek before joining SVCW in 2008. WBA is a civil/environmental consulting business whose clients included wastewater and water public agencies. She started as an entry-level engineer and worked her way up to serving as company president from 2001 to 2008. She was responsible for business development, company growth and management, and employee development.
Teresa earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1988 from University of California at Davis (preceded by her B.S. in civil engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo).