Theresa A. Flores, Senior Manager of Public Affairs, Mary Kay Inc.
Theresa A. Flores is a recognized leader in public affairs, legislative advocacy, and relationship management. Currently she is the senior manager of public affairs for Mary Kay Inc., where she develops and recommends policy positions that protect the company’s direct selling, product and global trade interests; focusing on engagement with legislators, governments and NGOs. She also serves as the public affairs advocacy liaison for the Americas, which includes, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay.
She is especially proud to be a part of the Company’s efforts in leveraging its reputation to raise awareness with lawmakers about the importance of crucial funding for domestic violence prevention and intervention services.
Her areas of expertise include federal and state lobbying and grassroots advocacy. She has successively led grassroots advocacy campaigns that resulted in the defeat of legislation harmful to the industry. Theresa’s expertise is often sought out and she has shared her insight at conferences for the Public Affairs Council, The Direct Selling Association, State Government Affairs Council, The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) and The Southwest Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SWSCC), among others.
Previously she served as director of government affairs for Time Warner Cable and managed local, state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives; including administrating the Texas Friends of Time Warner Cable PAC and the employee grassroots advocacy network.
Theresa began her career in Washington, DC 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.
Theresa is a highly respected civic leader and is a member of the Hispanic 100, is the current President of the State Government Affairs Council, and a board member of The Texas Women’s Foundation. She is active in education reform; focusing on public school education in Dallas and is a member of the Dallas Education Foundation and Big Thought. She is a graduate of Leadership Dallas and Leadership DISD.
In 2009, Theresa 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. Most recently, Theresa was appointed by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to serve as a Commissioner of the Dallas Housing Authority.
A San Antonio native and first generation American and college graduate, Theresa, received her B.A. from Cornell University. As a dedicated alumna, she is a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, The President’s Council of Cornell Women and is a life-time member of the Cornell University Council.
She likes to spend her free time with family and friends and currently resides in Dallas with her husband Michael and their canine companions, Laila, Buster and Stella.