Theresa is a creative professional passionate about visual narrative storytelling and specialized as a documentary producer and photographer. She has spent the last ten years cultivating relationships across the public, private, and independent sectors where she's raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, and generated over a million dollars in revenue in support of local journalism through development, advertising, and public media underwriting.
During her career, she has gained experience at PBS and the USA TODAY Network, and has collaborated with partners such as Dell, Microsoft, PPR Worldwide, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and the National Sikh Campaign.
Soares graduated from Mills College with a B.A. in Business, Management, and Social Innovation and a minor in Urban Education. While at Mills, she participated in the Public Interest Radio Program, in partnership with KALW, and the Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships in Oakland California. She covered stories in Oakland public schools and churches — on the streets concerning community and racial issues.
Theresa is of Luso American descent and resides in Central California where she enjoys spending time exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains and coast near her hometown of Pacific Grove.
Soares began her career with the Department of Defense in computer science and has been honored by the California State Legislature and Tulare County Board of Supervisors for her leadership in expanding opportunities for women in technology.
Theresa has produced commercials that have aired on TV, brand story videos, built e-commerce websites, and Influencer marketing campaigns for companies like Dell, Microsoft, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She's pitched stories that have appeared in the Huffington Post, Educationnews.org and print dailies.
Carmel CA 2019
Soares' career as a documentary producer started with her documentary titled Don't Rush Me, which has been featured by the North Carolina State University System in their faculty training program. She continues to support the production process both above and below the line.
PBS Nature American Spring Live 2019, Three Rivers CA 2019
Theresa's editorial work and photos have appeared on Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in print weeklies.
Computer Science Education Week White House 2014
Soares supports causes that address issues such as inequality and learning and attention issues.
Seaside CA 2020