Teresa Wilson, City Manager
1737 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Born and raised in Columbia and graduating from Irmo High School, the University of South Carolina Honors College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Teresa Wilson was chosen to serve as Columbia’s City Manager in January 2013 after building a remarkable record of accomplishment since joining the city in 2007.
In the six years she served as the city’s Director of Governmental Affairs and Assistant City Manager for Community Programs, Economic Development and Government Services, Wilson’s leadership was key in a number of groundbreaking initiatives including transforming Columbia’s Community Development department into a nationally recognized model organization and reducing the city’s Commercial Revolving Loan Fund’s default rate from 29% to 4% in just one fiscal year.
She and her team led Downtown dramatic rebirth through projects like the highly successful 2012 Façade Grant Program which leveraged roughly $425,000 in federal CDBG funds to create over $6.1 million in private Downtown investment and, working with departments across the city, she has helped supplement vital services like public safety by securing tens of millions in grant dollars.
Prior to joining the City of Columbia, Wilson served as Government and Community Relations Coordinator for the University of South Carolina’s Office of the President where she not only successfully lobbied the state legislature on the University’s behalf, but also served as a liaison for USC and the City of Columbia and a number of community organizations including the Columbia Urban League, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of the Midlands, the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation, YWCA of the Midlands, the National Youth Sports Program and the South Carolina Branches of the NAACP.
Wilson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Junior League and the Columbia Chapter of Jack & Jill of America. She has received numerous accolades, including being named one of Columbia’s 2008 “Top 20 Under 40” Business Professionals, one of Columbia Business Monthly’s “50 Most Influential People in 2011,” and one of Southeast Small Business Magazine’s “Top Women of Influence.”
She attends Gethsemane Baptist Church with her nine year-old daughter Teresa Alexandria “Alex.”
Columbia adopted the Council-Manager form of government in 1950 in order to provide the highest degree of professional and non-political administration of public services in accordance with polices set by an elected Mayor and City Council.