Zeke Hernandez was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2016 for Trustee Area 1. Born in the city of Santa Ana, Hernandez has been a resident of Trustee Area 1 for over 50 years. He currently serves as a member of the Board Communications, Board Facilities, Board Fiscal and Audit Review, and Board Legislative Committees, and representative to the Orange County Community College Legislative Task Force.
Although currently retired, his professional work experience has included:
- SARB student attendance coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education
- Vice President of Responsive Educational Projects (REP).
- Paralegal with local attorneys, including Wally Davis and Terry Giles.
- Special Projects Manager for California State Assemblyman Jose Solorio
- Interim Executive Director for SER – Jobs for Progress, Inc. of Orange County.
Hernandez received his paralegal certificate from the Orange County Paralegal Institute. After attending Santa Ana College, he decided to dedicate his life to public, civic, and educational volunteer causes.
He is an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran who served in our nation’s Hawk Missile Air Defense System with stateside deployment during the Viet Nam War era. His civic involvement started on his return from active military service in 1968.
Most recently, he has served as vice chair, Rancho Santiago Community College District’s (RSCCD) Measure Q Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, a member of the screening committees for RSCCD’s current Chancellor’s position and Santa Ana College’s President’s position. He has also served as a volunteer committee member on the Santa Ana College’s Santa Ana Partnership Committee.
In addition, he serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for North Orange County Community College District, Fullerton College, Cypress College, and the President’s Advisory Committee at California State University, Fullerton. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Achievement Institute for Scientific Studies, preparing Santa Ana high school students for their college studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Hernandez also assisted in the campaign for the successful passage of the two RSCCD construction bond measures (E and Q), two construction bond proposals for Santa Ana Unified School District, and construction bond measures for Anaheim Union High School District and Anaheim City Elementary School District.
He has also served on the Santa Ana Human Relations Commission (twice chair), Transportation Committee, Housing Advisory Committee, Police Chief's Community Advisory Committee for Santa Ana Police Chiefs Ray Davis and Paul Walters, the Orange County District Attorney's Community Advisory Commission, and president of Santa Ana LULAC #147.
Additionally, he served as advisor to the Orange County DREAM Team, executive board member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, ADL Jewish-Latino Roundtable, Leukemia Society of America Advisory Committee, Pacific Symphony Community Advisory Committee; and the boards of directors of Orange County Community Development Council, Nueva Esperanza Mental Health Services, LULAC California Educational Foundation, and SER Jobs for Progress, Inc. of Orange County.
Today, Hernandez serves as the vice chair of the Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation - responsible for working with the City of Irvine with the goal of dedicating 125 acres at the Great Park, on the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station for a California State Veterans Cemetery. He is a co-founding member of the American Legion Irvine Post #848, and member of the American GI Forum in Orange County.
Hernandez has one adult son, Richard D. Hernandez, married to Denise; with six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
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