Antonia Hernández is nationally regarded for a career spanning three decades in social justice, expertise in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and a lifelong devotion to underserved communities.
Since joining the California Community Foundation (CCF) in 2004, she has leveraged the foundation’s assets and relationships to expand its activities and impact beyond traditional grantmaking to innovation initiatives in civic engagement, public policy, community development and care for vulnerable populations.
Previously, Hernández was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) from 1981 to 2003, 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.
She is a member of the boards of the Council of Foundations, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Blue Shield of California Foundation, JFK Profile in Courage Awards, the American Automobile Club Association and UCLA Board of Advisors among others.
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 of Arts in history at the University of California, Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor at the UCLA School of Law.