Teresa Stivers has worked in the child welfare space for nearly two decades and has served as Chief Executive Office for Walden Family Services for more than 10 years. During her tenure with the organization, Teresa has led Walden through successful accreditations from CARF, the independent agency whose evaluations of health and human services organizations is internationally recognized as the gold standard of care; twice earned Human Rights Campaign’s highest innovator seal of recognition “All Children–All Families” for providing culturally competent services for LGBTQ children/families; and expanded transitional housing services, making Walden the second-largest provider in Southern California.
Prior to Walden, Teresa was with the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation where she served as Program Director and Executive Director. Her commitment to foster children in San Diego County has helped launch and establish many signature programs, including the Guardian Scholars Program and Mary’s House, a transitional living program for former foster youth.
Teresa currently serves on the Executive Committee for the University of California, San Diego Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board. Most recently she was a member of the Steering Committee of the Clinton Foundation Strong Families, Thriving Committees Task Force working to eliminate systemic racism in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System in San Diego County.