Tesa Marquez is responsible for the implementation of the organization’s policies and procedures that ensure compliance with local, state, and federal employment laws. Additionally, she leads the administration of the organization’s payroll.

Tesa’s involvement with PUENTE dates back over twenty five years, and her knowledge and years of experience significantly contributed to the development of the Human Resources department. After volunteering in PUENTE’s youth programs, Tesa was recruited to the staff in August 1994 to manage and administer a new government grant program from the City of Los Angeles. Over the years she has also served in supporting roles for development, finance, operations, and the CEO. In addition, she played a key role in the preparation of PUENTE’s initial application to LAUSD for a Charter Kindergarten.

Tesa holds an Associate Degree in Accounting from the National Education Center and received her certification in Human Resources Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, much of Tesa’s personal and professional life is invested in the community served by PUENTE.