Theresa Nakata

Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Theresa Nakata

As Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Theresa provides strategic leadership for the Communications Division, including the Communications Department, Center for Civic Engagement and Public Policy.

Prior to joining The Foundation, Theresa served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Pierce Education Properties, L.P. where she was responsible for business development, sales, market research, community relations, public relations and advertising for corporate, the $200 million student housing portfolio, third-party management contracts and real estate development contracts.

Prior to this, Theresa was the Senior Communications Advisor at San Diego State University Research Foundation where she promoted faculty and staff research initiatives and led the community relations strategy team working on the city of San Diego College Community Redevelopment Projects abutting the SDSU campus. Theresa has also served as the national Public Relations Manager for P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Corporate and as Director of Marketing at Downtown Tempe Community.

Theresa holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and marketing from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and an MBA degree in marketing from Arizona State University.

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