Director of Education Technology
Hector Hernandez joined the LA Promise Fund, previously LA’s Promise, in July of 2012 as the Blended Learning Technology Coordinator to support the Blended Learning initiative at John Muir Middle School. In this role, Hernandez oversaw all technology and worked with students, teachers, and parents to enhance their learning though technology to close the digital divide.
Prior to joining LA’s Promise, Hernandez worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the City of Los Angeles, providing Information Technology support to staff. Hernandez became interested in Technology during his High School years. He took any available computer course that was offered both in/out of school. Gaining many IT skills at a young age, Hernandez was offered a position with the City of Los Angeles at a very young age. He has also worked for CFY in Los Angeles as a Family trainer. He enjoyed working with families in low income communities to strengthen technology use at home. Hernandez also played a big role with the Youth Opportunity Movement Program in the City of Los Angeles and has worked in the community of Watts, providing after school computer classes to youth. He has also worked to create a number of computer labs in the community to serve as a hub for Middle/High School students. In 2008, Hernandez was awarded for his community service work for the Hire LA’s Summer initiative by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Hernandez has a number of IT Certifications including, A+ Certified, Microsoft Certified Professional, Google Apps Certified and Network + Certified.
Hernandez’s favorite books are Economics Unmasked by Manfred Max-Need and A Poverty Manifesto by Tavis Smiley & Cornel West. Hernandez enjoys Politics, Music, being a Video DJ, the outdoors and spending time with family.
“I know a Digital Divide exists within inner-city, low income communities. Growing up in the community of Watts, and still living there, I feel it is my calling, through the use of technology, to help inner city students become successful individuals on the road to achieving academic excellence. Working at LA Promise Fund and playing a crucial role in the Blended Learning project, has put in the driver seat to provide students an opportunity to reach higher goals in life.” – Hector Hernandez