Local Hero: Antonia Hernández

Antonia Hernández

"Committed leadership transcends, impacting not only our local families and communities but the well being of our nation."

Nationally recognized for her commitment to the betterment of underserved communities in Los Angeles and beyond, Antonia Hernández joined the California Community Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2004.

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Established in 1915, the California Community Foundation is one of the largest and most active philanthropic organizations in Southern California. In partnership with its more than 1,200 individual, family and corporate donors, the foundation supports nonprofit organizations and public institutions with funds for health and human services, affordable housing, early childhood education, community arts and culture and other areas of need.

Previously, Hernández was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national nonprofit litigation and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the nation's Latinos through the legal system, community education, and research and policy initiatives.

Hernández is a member of the boards of directors of several organizations, including the American Constitution Society and the national American Automobile Association. She currently serves on commissions, advisory boards and committees, including the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is a frequent public speaker and has been awarded a number of honorary degrees and awards.

Hernández is a member of the State Bar of California, District of Columbia Bar, American Bar Association and the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles and a fellow of the American Law Institute.

Hernández earned her bachelor's degree in history at UCLA in 1970 and juris doctorate degree at the UCLA School of Law in 1974.


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