Theresa Vawter was born and raised in Boise. She attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Bishop Kelly High School. She started her life on the North End before eventually settling down on the Bench.
She graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Women’s Studies; Arab & Islamic Studies; and English. After college, she worked in Washington DC for two Members of Congress and on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. She worked in several policy areas, including global and domestic healthcare policy. She worked for two Members of the Appropriations Committee, which allocated funding for federal agencies and programs. She regularly worked with local governments and community organizations to prioritize federal funding requests. She also had the opportunity to visit Zambia and Peru to see how funding from the US Government was being used successfully to save lives as part of our foreign assistance programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in those countries.
Since moving back to Boise in 2018, she has had the good fortune to work in Idaho’s nonprofit sector. Theresa believes that nonprofits play an invaluable role in improving our community and making it a wonderful place to live. She and her husband Ben currently rent their home on the Bench in Boise. On the weekends you might see them on a hike in the Boise Foothills; enjoying their favorite restaurants (new and old); enjoying a concert; or spending time with their friends doing anything and everything Boise has to offer. Theresa wants to be part of the solution to successfully manage our growth, ensure a healthy and vibrant future through conservation efforts, and keep Boise a kind and welcoming place to live for all.