Mark Hernandez

Non-profiteer Mark Hernandez is committed to issues and causes focused on the arts, young people, and quality of life. In 2016, he joined Stanford Jazz Workshop as Development Director. Among his major accomplishments in his inaugural year, he stabilized development operations, strengthened or rebuilt several relationships, and helped the organization achieve 99% of its contributed income goal.

Mark got his start in the Development Department of San Francisco Opera in the 1990s, holding positions of increasing responsibility. From 2000 through 2014, he was a busy freelance, specializing in institutional giving, content creation, and program planning, with an emphasis on the unique conditions of the San Francisco Bay Area. In this capacity, he managed discrete assignments; jumped in at the eleventh hour to complete or fix projects; and worked on an interim basis for weeks or months. His clients included performing arts providers, academic institutions, service organizations, and museums. He returned to full-time work in 2015, accepting a position at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which also happens to be his alma mater.

Through his work with performing arts providers Mark came to the attention of the grantmaker community. Since 1999, he has been engaged by a number of granting agencies to provide subjective analysis of artistic work, objective evaluation of institutional capacity, opinions on issues facing the field, and funding recommendations.

A classically trained opera singer, Mark has over 25 years of experience in all kinds of roles. For nearly 20 years he was a teaching artist, performing, creating, and leading programs that introduced opera and theater to thousands of young people. He is increasingly recognized for his writing skill: his professional credits include a book and an opera libretto. In addition, he ghost-wrote several chapters of an opera luminary's autobiography.

With his unusually varied and wide-ranging experience, Mark has proven himself to be especially well-suited to projects with unconventional demands.