Silicon Valley Clean Water
By a unanimous vote, Teresa Herrera has been named the new Plant 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, and only the third person, to assume the job in SVCW's nearly 50-year history.
In 2008, Teresa created the first engineering department and to manage capital improvement efforts costing hundreds of millions of dollars, at SVCW. 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 $2 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).
Teresa launch a nearly 20-year period 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).