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Teresa Garate, PhD

Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth

Teresa Garate, PhD, is executive vice president, strategic partnerships and growth and is responsible for the development and implementation of community-based growth plans, leading the System’s strategic planning process, and enhancing relationships with payors, governmental agencies, and related partners.

With more than 30 years working throughout Illinois and the U.S. as an expert in public health, social and human services, and education, Dr. Garate has led large complex systems through innovation and change and is a respected speaker and presenter. Since 2017 Dr. Garate has served as senior vice president, strategic partnerships and engagement for Gateway Foundation with services in eight states. In addition to leadership roles at Gateway Foundation and in public service both at the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Garate is also an experienced administrator having served as CEO to two medium non-profit organizations serving people with disabilities in integrated settings.

Dr. Garate holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago and serves on national, state, and local boards and committees, promoting access to healthcare and services for people of all backgrounds. She has been a strong advocate for community inclusion and access, and it is this passion that is embedded throughout her career. She served as a founding board member of Kennedy Forum Illinois which is a subsidiary of the National Kennedy Forum and was recently appointed to serve on Governor Pritzker’s Health and Human Services Taskforce. In addition, Dr. Garate is the vice chair of the Illinois Community College Board and has represented the community college board on the Illinois Board of Higher Education since 2012.

Dr. Garate holds two bachelor’s degrees in applied psychology and special education from Loyola University of Chicago, and a master’s degree and PhD in special education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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