Theresa Flores

Commissioner / DHA’s Legislative & Community Engagement Committee Chair

Theresa has enjoyed a 20-year career in public affairs, legislative advocacy and relationship management. Currently she is the manager of public affairs for Mary Kay Inc., where she develops and recommends policy positions that protect the company’s interests; focusing on engagement with legislators, governments and NGOs. She also serves as the public affairs liaison for the company’s Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay regional markets. She is especially proud to be a part of Mary Kay’s efforts in leveraging its reputation to raise awareness with lawmakers about the importance of crucial funding for domestic violence prevention and intervention services.

Previously, she served as director of government affairs for Time Warner Cable and managed local, state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives; she was also responsible for administrating the Texas Friends of Time Warner Cable PAC and the employee grassroots advocacy network.

Ms. Flores began her career in Washington, D.C. as government relations manager for Fannie Mae. She later moved to the company’s Dallas regional office where she worked with stakeholders interested in strengthening housing and community development policy.

Ms. Flores is a member of the Hispanic 100, the State Government Affairs Council, and The Dallas Women’s Foundation. She is active in education reform; focusing on public school education in Dallas and holds leadership positions in EducateDallas and the Dallas Education Foundation. She is a graduate of Leadership Dallas and Leadership DISD (Dallas Independent School District). In 2009, Ms. Flores was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader award recipient and featured in the April/May “Women’s Issue” of Latino Leaders magazine. In 2010 she was voted as Dallas “Thought Leader” by Latino Leaders magazine.

In 2014, she was appointed by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to serve as a Commissioner of the Dallas Housing Authority. Ms. Flores actively finds ways for DHA to advance its mission through legislative efforts and community engagement.

A San Antonio native and first generation American and college graduate, Theresa, received her B.A. from Cornell University. She is the North Texas chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, where she works to recruit top undergraduate applicants. She is a life-time member of the Cornell University Council and serves on The President’s Council of Cornell Women.

She likes to spend her free time with family and friends and currently resides in Dallas with her canine companions, Buster and Stella.