Teresa Jacques sees the big picture and works to better it

Teresa Jacques came to San Diego in 2001 as a global human resources executive with more than 20 years of international experience within the telecommunications, oil field services, and professional services sectors.

Since arriving in San Diego, Jacques has volunteered to lead efforts to support various philanthropic causes.

Since 2008, she has been a board member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation and currently serves as chair of the foundation’s marketing committee.

Jacques has served on the Board of Casa de Amparo, co-chaired the San Diego Chamber Orchestra 25th Anniversary Fundraising Gala, and is chairing San Diego’s 1st eco-inspired golf tournament “Swing for Kids,” which will benefit Armed Services/YMCA, Camp Pendleton, Kids Korps USA, ProKids Golf Academy, San Pasqual Academy and Rotary Rancho Santa Fe.

Jacques has a Master of Arts degree in Manpower Studies from the University of Westminster U.K. and she completed the General Manager Program at Harvard Business School.

What brought you to this area?

In 2001, after 17 years of working across the globe as a human resources executive for multinational corporations, I was recruited by a La Jolla-based startup wireless company backed by Sequoia Capital. I was attracted by the opportunity to work with leading venture capitalists, as well as visionary experts working in the high growth wireless industry.

What makes Del Mar special to you?

Apart from the trifecta of beach, mountains and desert, I am impressed by the number of people in San Diego with big hearts who dedicate their time and resources to philanthropy. I have been especially fortunate to make lifelong friends through my membership in the San Diego Women’s’ Foundation. These 200 amazing women are making a significant impact on our community.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I would greatly enhance our public transport system and reduce our dependence on freeways. As a Brit living in London, I found it so easy to get around using the tube, trains and buses.

Who or what inspires you?

My mum inspires me. She has such a joie de vivre and upbeat attitude.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My husband Bob, Jacques Pepin, Muhammad Yunus, Antonio Vivaldi, James Lipton, Dame Judi Dench, Princess Diana, and my friend Elaine.

Tell us about what you are currently reading.

I am reading “Outcasts United” by Warren St. John. The story is about a refugee youth soccer team and its impact on a small Southern town.

What is your most-prized possession?

It’s my wedding ring.

What do you do for fun?

I like to travel with my husband Bob and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Lady Penelope of Del Mar (Penny). Even though I have been living in the USA since 1994, I still feel like I am learning about the country and I enjoy exploring new towns and states.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

Achieving life balance.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Everything is possible with a good education and hard work.