Teresa L. Gonzalez

Executive Director, Officer


Teresa is an organizational and systems change thinker, strategist, administrator, practitioner and coach with over two decades of professional expertise focused on multi-sector issues impacting the wellbeing of families and communities impacted by injustice and inequities.

Teresa is a Genizara descendent, native to New Mexico and a fourth generation descendent of Apache and Comanche Indians of the Southwest. She is a first-generation college student and mother of four children who was formerly caged and displaced as a child and young adult. She was also a low wage worker from the age of 12, receiving her high school credential inside of the youth detention facility at the age 16. These experiences have shaped her professional perspective, life philosophy and why she centers black liberation and indigenous sovereignty to envision and enact healing and justice in any space that she is privileged to be in. She builds bridges and leverages resources in creative ways to catalyze systemic change for communities impacted by inequity, injustice and violence. She understands the significance of relationships and uplifting priorities of all stakeholders involved in a campaign or organizational effort ensuring consensus. She is passionate by leadership investment and strengthening organizational and program capacities through strength-based, healing inspired strategies and tools. She is a scholar- practitioner with intergenerational and intercultural leadership experience. She has been a humble part of several executive and movement building coalitions at the local, regional and national level. She is currently a board member for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.


Teresa is the recipient of numerous awards, including: 2020 Nonprofit of the Year by California’s State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, the Albuquerque Business First Woman of Influence, Southwest Organizing Project’s Jeanne Gauna Social Justice Spirit Honoree, New Mexico Office of African American Affairs Volunteer Award, and Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award from the University of New Mexico Office of the President.

Creative Outlets: Spending time with her 3 year old granddaughter, coaching women, grassroots organizers and formerly incarcerated leadership, spirituality, curanderismo, culture, arts, reading, research, music and traveling.

Causes: Racial, social, economic and gender justice, education, health literacy, womens’ rights, prison abolition, non-profit organizational development and social entrepreneurship.

Contact Teresa: teresa@d-impact.org

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