Ch 30 Advisory
Members of the advisory committee are volunteers who have a deep and diverse history in our community.
Teresa Alvarado is the Communications Manager for the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Her current board service includes Rotary Club of San José, Greenbelt Alliance and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality. She also serves on the advisory boards of the DeAnza Community College Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Program, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, Bay Area Executive Council and CreaTV San Jose. She is co-founder of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley.
Teresa holds an MS in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University, a BS in environmental technology & management and a Minor in technical writing from San Jose State University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program, Leadership Gilroy, Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau’s Focus Agriculture Program, Santa Clara County AFL-CIO’s Labor-Community Leadership Institute and is an American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley senior fellow.
In 2005, Ms. Alvarado was honored with the NAACP of Silicon Valley’s “Freedom Fighter” award, was selected as Senator Elaine Alquist’s “City Woman of the Year” for San José and was presented with PG&E’s Clarke Award for Environmental Stewardship.
Patricia Cheng is an established leader in arts advocacy, an accomplished classical pianist and an experienced music educator. She is a member of 1stACT Silicon Valley’s Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative, the founder and chair of Arts Action 21 and the former chair of the City of Mountain View’s Performing Arts Committee. As a pianist, Ms. Cheng has been widely praised for her thoughtful programming and sensitive musicianship. Her recent work includes developing and presenting two original concert programs, exploring classical music in cultural and historical contexts. An active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, Ms. Cheng has inspired students of all ages and skill levels to deepen their engagement with music and the arts. She holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Yale Law School and the University of Chicago.
Darrell Cortez is a native of San Jose, CA and a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Criminology. He recently retired after 30 years in the public safety sector. Darrell is a community volunteer and has been active in advocating for a higher education for Latino students. He is on the board of directors of several non-profits, serving in the capacity of President & economic development. He has received numerous awards for his volunteer work and community involvement and was selected as one of the top 100 influential Latinos in Silicon Valley in 2007.
Sal returned to San Jose and the Mercury News in September 1993, again in the sports department. He spent the next several years working as an editor in both the local and sports departments. In 2005, Sal was selected to take over for Leigh Weimers, who retired from writing his column after 40 years. The “Around Town” column covers interesting people and places in Silicon Valley and runs six times a week in the Local section. Since 2010, Sal has also written a monthly feature for the Mercury News Eye section called “Cocktail Chronicles,” a review of bars and lounges that was started by his wife in 2008. A San Jose native, Sal has lived in downtown San Jose since 1998. He and his wife, Amy, were married in 2006 and they have two children, Mia and Alex.
Steve Preminger began working for the City of Palo Alto in 1975 as a customer services representative, attended his first strike vote his first week on the job, and served as the union representative (SEIU Local 715, now Local 521). Moving quickly up the union leadership structure, he served as the political director for the union during most of the 1980s. Following work with the union and with the Democratic Party, he joined the South Bay Labor Council in January of 1990. For most of the 1990s he served as the United Way labor liaison and the Community Services Director of the Labor Council. In 2000, when United Way made the program an independent agency, the Union Community Resources program became part of Working Partnerships. Preminger has been the director of the Union Community Resources program since 2000.
Josh Russell has worked in marketing and communications in Silicon Valley for more than 10 years. After working for three local advertising and PR agencies in San Jose, Josh followed his passion for the arts and joined Arts Council Silicon Valley as the organization’s Communications Manager in 2004, where he helped raise the media visibility of the organization by more than 600% and spearheaded the creation of a new emerging arts leader network. In 2008, Josh joined 1stAct Silicon Valley as the Director of Communications and Emerging Initiatives. He is a graduate of Community Leadership San Jose’s 2008 class and is the incoming Board President of the San Jose Leadership Council. In addition, Josh is co-founder and Past Chair of genARTS Silicon Valley and co-chair of the San Jose Arts Marketing Roundtable. He is the former President of the Ad Club of Silicon Valley and the former co-host of a 5th Grade History Game Show in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Josh was born and raised in Los Gatos, California and is a passionate Bay Area sports fan, writing and managing blogs for the Golden State Warriors and Oakland Athletics.
Heather produces SVTAGS for Silicon Valley Channel 30, which airs Sundays at 5:00pm, Mondays at 7:00pm and Wednesdays at 10:00pm.