Antonia Hernández is President of the California Community Foundation and former President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national litigation and advocacy organization that uses community education and research to protect the civil rights of the nation's 29 million Latinos.
Ms. Hernández has special expertise in working with at-risk communities and managing the politics of education reform. An expert in civil rights and immigration issues, Ms. Hernández served as Staff Council to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee where she drafted bills and briefed committee members on national issues.
Ms. Hernández formerly served on the Boards of Directors for the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project. Ms. Hernández earned her J.D. at the UCLA School of Law, and has been admitted to the State Bar of California, the Washington D.C. Bar, the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.