Mark Hernandez

Mark Hernandez is committed to making the world a better place through nonprofit work. In his current capacity as Development Director of Stanford Jazz Workshop, he is privileged to nurture a community of supporters around the causes of youth education, music, and social cohesion.

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, managing discrete assignments, jumping in at the eleventh hour to complete or fix projects, and working 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.

Since 1999, Mark has been routinely engaged by grantmaking agencies to provide subjective appraisals and objective analyses, opinions on issues facing the field, and funding recommendations. For several years, he has served as Philanthropic Advisor to a large family foundation.

A classically trained opera singer, Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in all kinds of roles. For more than 20 years he was a teaching artist, creating and leading programs that introduced live performance to thousands of young people. He is increasingly recognized for his creative 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.