Mark Hernandez

Mark Hernandez is committed to making the world a better place through nonprofit work. Over the course of more than 25 years, he has had a positive impact on marginalized youth, the literary and performing arts, and youth arts education.

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 holding interim positions for weeks or months; his clients included performing arts providers, academic institutions, service organizations, and museums. He returned to full-time work in 2015.

In 1998, Mark came to the attention of the grantmaker community. Since then, he has been routinely engaged by public and private entities to provide subjective appraisals and objective analyses, opinions on field issues, and funding recommendations. For nearly 15 years, he has served as philanthropic advisor to a major family foundation.

Mark possesses hard-to-find abilities that make him a particularly valuable asset. His writing credits include two published books and an opera libretto. A keen student of human nature, he can forge and sustain mutually satisfying relationships with all kinds of people. His background in the professional theater has made him a gifted public speaker. Highly regarded for his strategic vision, he can evaluate virtually any situation in a way that is productive and often revelatory.

All told, Mark offers practical experience, a rare combination of hard and soft skills, proficiency as a one-person department or team player, and a verifiable record of accomplishment. He is privileged to put his professional life at the service of projects and organizations dedicated to individual and collective well-being.