Teresa Roche

Chief Human Resources Officer, City of Fort Collins
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Teresa Roche is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for the City of Fort Collins, a position she thought about long before she was asked to serve in this role.  After being in Leadership Fort Collins in 2008, Teresa reflected on how working to create and sustain healthy, inclusive and economically viable communities can change the world and she hoped someday she would be more directly involved and not just through her volunteering efforts.   The City uses the Triple Bottom Line framework which includes social, environmental and economic factors to guide their work and this aligns deeply with Teresa’s values.  

Teresa has over twenty-five years working as a Human Resources executive in a variety of high technology companies helping them through various stages of their organizational life cycles, including starts-ups, acquisitions, mergers, splits and divestitures.  In her last position at Agilent Technologies as the Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, the work she did with the CEO and her worldwide team on business and cultural transformation and leadership was written about extensively and won numerous awards. 

Teresa has a deep passion for collaboration and learning as she is interested in how individuals and organizations develop the capability to interpret an evolving and complex environment to take effective action. Presently, Teresa is a Fellow with Harvard University’s Learning and Innovation Laboratory and CHREATE, a volunteer effort to map how Human Resources must evolve to meet the future challenges in ten years, identify pivotal initiatives to accelerate that evolution, and design the actions needed to make the future a reality.

She has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology, a Master’s degree in Counseling and Personnel Services, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Interpersonal and Public Communications, all from Purdue University. 

Teresa and her husband David Monahan live in Fort Collins and Kai Roche Monahan graduated last year with a degree from the University of Denver in theater and gender and women’s studies.   As a family, they have long enjoyed the performing arts, reading and being in nature.