Theresa Doherty directs the University of Washington Office of Regional and Community Relations, which reports to Randy Hodgins, Vice President for External Affairs. The Office of Regional and Community Relations serves as a link between the University, surrounding neighborhoods, civic groups, and local government. It works to build relationships between these groups by sharing information and seeking new opportunities to match the University’s academic capital with needs in the community. It seeks to promote mutual understanding between these groups and coordinate campus response to local policy issues.
Theresa has been at the University since 1985. Her career at the UW began in the School of Dentistry, where she was Administrator for the School of Dentistry and later Administrator for the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (now the College of the Built Environment). In 1999 she accepted the position of Coordinator for the Campus Master Plan and led a team of University of Washington staff and consultants to develop the Campus Master Plan, the written document that guides the physical development of the Seattle Campus. In April of 2001, she was appointed Director of the Office of Regional and Community Relations.
Her involvement in the University District has been extensive. She has been a member of the Greater University Chamber Board of Directors since 1999, and is currently serving as Vice President of the Board. She also serves on the University District Parking Association Board of Directors, and on the Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center Citizens Advisory Committee.
In 2005, Theresa’s commitment to the University District was recognized when Mayor Greg Nickels presented her with the University District Chamber award for Economic Development.
She is a two-time alumnus of the University and holds a BA in Political Science (1979) and an MPA from the Dan Evans School of Public Affairs (1984).