As Manager of External Affairs and Technology Programs, Theresa leads a team responsible for both GE Research government relation’s technology portfolio and the company’s strategic initiative to build and expand its external research and development (R&D) partnerships within the U.S. and around the world.
Specifically in this role, she is responsible for identifying potential collaborations to support GE’s long-range technology objectives as well as building support for strategic initiatives with senior government officials and Members of Congress. In addition, to pursuing R&D opportunities for GE Research, she works with the Corporate Government Relations team to ensure a “one company” approach advocacy for GE’s Technology in Washington, DC. Since joining GE Research 14 years ago, Theresa and her team have been successful in securing significant government funding for the development of programs impacting all of GE’s businesses.
Prior to joining GE, Theresa spent 9 ½ years managing 3M’s Federal Research and Development funding Program. She was also a Senior Legislative Assistant for Senator Wyche Fowler of Georgia and Legislative Director for Congressman Don Johnson (D-GA-10). Theresa holds a BA in Business Management from Simmons College in Boston, MA and a Masters in Urban Design from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Today, she serves on the Board of the Alexandria Country Day School; Co-chair of the National Trends and Services Facet of the Arlington Chapter of the Links Incorporated; Junior Teen Advisor for the Northern Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
In 2009, Theresa received the Indiana Expo Corporate Woman of Vision Award for her dedication to recruiting, mentoring and retaining top talent African American candidates for corporate roles. She was also named one of The Network Journal’s 2010, 25 Influential Black Women in Business. Theresa lives in Lorton, Virginia with her husband Major (Ret) Terence Peterson, US Army and their two children Terence Joseph 15 and Taylor Grace 13. They are members of the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia.