Occasionally one comes across an uber-human, whose consistent level of high achievement seems effortless. Meet Tessa Berger.
- JUNCTION MAGAZINE
In early 2017, Tessa accepted a position with Crimson Education, as their Director of Athletics. Crimson is a high growth edtech company that is revolutionising the way students learn. Using technology and a global network, students are able to receive in-depth guidance from a team of experts who match up directly with each student's individual goals. Allowing students around the world to access the best possible admissions support, Crimson operates more than 25 global offices, has received US$30M+ of venture funding and has built a network of 2,500+ coaches and mentors to support 20,000+ students.
At just 21 years of age, Tessa stood in the 2016 Auckland Local Body Elections as an independent candidate. She was elected to the Auckland Council Rodney Local Board. As Rodney continues to grow, there is a need for strong yet smart representation to produce the best possible outcomes. Rodney was ready to elect a candidate capable of bridging the gap between generations and championing the voice of the community. Nobody knows the wider Warkworth area better than the community itself, that's why my mandate is taken from you, the people and endeavouring to best represent everyone’s vision for Rodney. The way it should be.
THE MERCHANDISE COLLECTIVE
Tessa is an Epsom Girls Grammar School graduate and attended Florida Gulf Coast University on a full athletic scholarship in 2013/14, studying majors in business management and accounting with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average, gaining prestigious Presidents List honours. It was in the United States of America that the concept of the collective was born and later developed when Tessa returned home to New Zealand. The Merchandise Collective, a merchandising enterprise, was launched in February of 2015 at Tu Ngutu Villa. Offered are a range of merchandising services that seek to provide minimalistic pieces of the highest quality.
MAHURANGI COASTAL TRAIL TRUST
Tessa is Chairperson and one of six trustees formally consented to serve on the Mahurangi Coastal Trail Trust. The Mahurangi Coastal Trail will link 900 hectares of regional parkland, with public transport at Waiwera. Tessa was elected as a committee member of FOR Parks in June of 2016. Friends of Regional Parks works alongside Auckland Council and volunteer groups in the parks as supporters and guardians of the Regional Parks network, providing vision and education, continuity, protection and a citizen’s voice for the Regional Parks.
MAHURANGI ACTION INC.
Tessa has been actively involved in leading community driven initiatives since the age of 11 when, as a year-7 Mahurangi College student, she drew attention to the fact that the v-notch weir measuring the river flow behind her classroom was preventing whitebait migrating up the Mahurangi River. Tessa was elected President of Mahurangi Action Incorporated in November of 2015, having previously served as the organisations Vice-President from 2014/15. She has worked on the Auckland Regional Council initiated Mahurangi Action Plan, the principal aim of which is to address the harbour’s elevated sediment accumulation rate. Implemented a Phase-1 and Phase-2 pilot programme funded by the Rodney Local Board in developing a web-based app and accreditation programme, aimed at reducing small-scale sediment mitigation on building sites..
NEW ZEALAND FOOTBALL
Tessa is a Sponsored Adidas Athlete and began her playing career as a 5-year-old. She went on to become the youngest person ever to play and score in New Zealand's top flight domestic competition, the Women's Premier League, at just 11 years of age and in 2011 was named ASB Bank Young Sportsperson of the Year. Tessa has represented New Zealand on the international stage, attending the 2012 FIFA Women's World Cup held in Japan and as a 16-year-old was named a New Zealand Woman's Football Ferns long-listed athlete for the 2012 London Olympics. Tessa attended Florida Gulf Coast University on a full athletic scholarship, playing Division 1 Women's Soccer for the Eagles, a top 25 ranked team. She received the coveted All-conference first team, and freshman accolades, as well as best defensive player in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Tessa most recently captained Forrest Hill Milford United to victory on September 11, 2016 in the ASB Women's Knockout Cup and received the Maia Jackman trophy, named Most Valuable Player of the final.