Teresa Haley is the President, NAACP Illinois State Conference & Springfield Branch NAACP. She is a longtime passionate civil rights activist, public policy advocate, professional trainer and dynamic speaker; In September 2021, Teresa began her 4th term as the first Female President of the Illinois NAACP State Conference and serving her 6th consecutive term as President of the Springfield Branch NAACP. She is a Springfield native and graduated from Springfield High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Teresa continues to work and demonstrate an exceptional understanding of diversity and inclusion beyond the call of duty. Teresa has received the following awards and honor for her positive communication between persons of different backgrounds.
In February 2020, Teresa received the first ever NAACP Activist of the Year Image Award in Hollywood, CA. She also made the UIS Today Magazine covered Winter 2020 Edition and was the featured story in February. In January 2020, she received the Community Service Award from the Frontier International Club for her outstanding work in the community and throughout the State of Illinois. In 2020, Teresa wrote and received several grants to assist families most impacted by COVID-19. The grants allowed Haley to give away food, paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels, hand sanitizer and face mask. Teresa spear headed the 1st ever Springfield Branch NAACP Office and Education Center. The office is used by NAACP members and the Back-to-School/Stay-in-School Academy. Having a building for the NAACP was a dream come true for Haley. She also serves on the Illinois Department of Public Health Equity Team for COVID-19 and chairs the Economic Development Workgroup. The workgroup focuses on Small Black Businesses and finds funding to help the small businesses stay alive.
In July 2021, Teresa was appointed as a Commissioner to the Airport Authority Board and serves as the Chair of the Economic Development and Community Affairs Committee. In October 2019, Teresa was the 1st Black female to receive the Springfield’s First Citizens Award. She was the voice against the Marijuana Legislation in Illinois and wanted to ensure that Black people received their social equality for the social injustice that put so many Black people behind bars. In September 2019, Teresa fought against putting a mega Homeless Shelter and Drug Rehab Center in the Black community and locating it directly across the street from a daycare. Teresa has worked with local, state representatives and members of Congress to get a Race Riot Monument put in Springfield, IL which is the home of the 1908 Race Riots that lead to the formation of the NAACP.
Teresa worked with the Mayor and Local Officials to honor the 110th Commemoration of the 1908 Race Riots with 12 – 7 foot markers place along the route where the Race Riots took place. She also had flag-like banners placed throughout the downtown area for tourists to see when visiting Abraham Lincoln’s hometown. In November 2018, Teresa was appointed to the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative Transition Committee under Governor JB Pritzker.
Teresa worked hard to make sure that everyone was counted in the U.S. 2020 Census. She served on the Governor’s Commission for Environmental Justice. Teresa is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is an active member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and sings in the choir. Teresa serves as a Board Member for Habitat for Humanity. She is the founder of Haley & Associates, a training and consulting service. Haley continues to hold townhall meetings to educate the Black Community on COVID-19 and the impact on Communities of Color. Teresa’s purpose is to serve God, family and community! Her Motto is: “Keep It Movin!”