Theresa Gunn was appointed Deputy Secretary for the Farm and Home Loan Division of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) on April 15, 2013. She began her state career in 2001 where she was a Finance Budget Analyst for the California Department of Finance. Before state service, she worked as a finance manager for a college and did service coordination for adults with developmental disabilities.
In 2004, she became the Principal Program Budget Analyst responsible for the capital outlay programs for the CalVet, Military Department, California Highway Patrol, Department of Motor Vehicles, High Speed Rail, the Health and Human Services Departments, University of California, California State University, and the California Community Colleges. In addition to the capital outlay programs, Theresa was assigned as an Assistant Administrative Secretary to the State Public Works Board and staff to the Golden State Tobacco Securitization Corporation.
While at the Department of Finance, she was instrumental in acquiring and constructing the last five Veterans Homes of California, the Igo state veterans cemetery, and a variety of capital improvement projects for CalVet's Veterans Homes. She has worked to ensure veterans have access to residences and been instrumental in providing better work areas for active duty members of the Military Department.
In December 2010, the Military Department awarded her its highest civilian honor, the California Commendation Medal, for championing projects that would greatly improve the living and working conditions for the National Guard.
Theresa was born and raised in a military family and is married to Larry, an Air Force veteran. Her father, a retired, disabled veteran, served 28 years in the Air Force. Seven of her brothers have served in the Air Force, Army National Guard and Army Reserves. One is still on active duty; three are retired military. Four of her brothers served in Honduras in the late 1980s and two have served in many other countries including England, Diego Garcia, Okinawa, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Given this upbringing, Theresa is a life-long supporter of the armed forces, veterans and the benefits they deserve.