About Teresa Y. Hillery, ESQ.

Teresa’s inspiring story is a testament to her unwavering determination, vibrant spirit, and deep commitment to public service.

Raised by an Air Force Veteran and growing up in Vallejo, CA alongside her two sisters, Teresa’s early years were marked by a strong sense of purpose and responsibility having entered the workforce at the remarkable age of 16. However, the tragic loss of her devoted mother in 2016 left Teresa and her family peace, knowing that she was with the Lord. Amidst adversity, it was her father’s resilience that instilled an unyielding determination to overcome obstacles and make a positive impact on those who needed it most.

Teresa’s journey took flight through her academic pursuits, achieving honor roll status at Solano Community College and earning a BA in Communication Studies from CSU, Sacramento, making the dean’s list. Her thirst for knowledge led her to the prestigious Howard University School of Law in Washington DC, participating in a transformative Summer Abroad Program in South Africa. Armed with a law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Teresa’s educational journey became a stepping stone for a remarkable legal career. She successfully completed Harvard School of Government’s Public Leadership Program.

Prior to law school, her commitment to community development shone brilliantly. Holding the position of Vice President of a corporate community development group she collaborated with nonprofit organizations, creating impactful programs to address critical issues such as homelessness, financial illiteracy, and affordable homeownership. Through her efforts, hundreds of employee volunteers were mobilized, resulting in safer and healthier communities uplifting the lives of countless residents.

Teresa’s passion for community empowerment remained steadfast, during law school she actively contributed to providing pro bono legal aid to underserved communities. Her commitment to service continued in Skid Row, tirelessly working alongside residents creating intentional programming to address their diverse set of needs.

Teresa’s community engagement is a living testament to her desire for positive change. She collaborated with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, advocating for affordable housing and using her voice on Capitol Hill. Her involvement with local churches and legal aid groups showcase a commitment to hands-on service and her ability to create tangible impact.

Throughout her life, Teresa’s advocacy focused on housing insecurity and equitable homeownership. She took her cause from California to Capitol Hill to advocate for affordable housing legislation that would improve the lives of Californians. Notably, Teresa established a residential subsection within the Los Angeles County Bar Association, one of the nation’s largest county bar associations, covering issues concerning the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords.

Teresa’s professional journey is studded with achievements that exemplify her dedication. From humble beginnings working at Burger King to the Halls of Justice, her work displayed a commitment to diversity, community development, and equity. Teresa’s tenure at Fidelity National Financial showcased multifaceted abilities as both a Senior Trial Attorney and Senior Commercial Underwriting Counsel; she retired to become a public servant.

Teresa’s influence is echoed throughout her active participation in numerous organizations. As a key member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, she took on roles ranging from Executive Committee Member to Trustee, all with the goal of promoting equitable practices and diversity within the legal profession. Teresa’s political engagement was equally impactful. Her active involvement in the South Park Neighborhood Association’s Political Action Committee, Los Angeles Congress of Neighborhoods, and LA Forward showcases a desire to create real change at the local level, enhancing the lives of those around her.

Teresa’s life story is one of determination, unwavering service, and a tireless pursuit of justice. Her influence on community development, legal advocacy, and public service, has left a mark on communities across the nation. With her boundless energy, faith, and vibrant spirit, Teresa continues to inspire those around her.

The Primary Election is March 5, 2024

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