Zeke Hernandez was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2016 representing Trustee Area 1 and served as clerk in 2019. He currently serves as a member of the Board Fiscal/Audit and Board Policy Committees, and representative to the Orange County School Boards Association.
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 participates in Santa Ana College's Santa Ana Partnership Committee and volunteers as Board President to the Achievement Institute for Scientific Studies (AISS) which prepares young high school students for their college studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers.
His professional work experience includes SARB student attendance coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education, Vice President of Responsive Educational Projects, paralegal with the Orange County law firm of attorneys Wally Davis and Rudy Montejano, Special Projects Manager for former California State Assemblyman Jose Solorio, and Interim Executive Director for SER – Jobs for Progress of Orange County.
He has served on the RSCCD Measure Q Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee as vice chair, President's Advisory Committee at California State University Fullerton, Chancellor's Advisory Committee for North Orange County Community College District, and President's Advisory Committees at Fullerton College and Cypress College.
Hernandez is committed to supporting educational construction projects. He assisted in two campaigns for successful voter-approved 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.
His civic volunteer service includes serving on the Human Relations Commission (chair twice), Transportation Committee, Housing Advisory Committee, Police Chief's Community Advisory Committee for the City of Santa Ana, Orange County District Attorney's Community Advisory Commission, Orange County DREAM Team as a community advisor, Orange County NAACP as a member, and Santa Ana League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #147 as president.
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. Assemblyman Tom Daly recognized Hernandez as the 2019 Veteran of the Year for the 69th District which includes the communities of Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Orange. He is a co-founding member of the American Legion Irvine Post #848.
Hernandez has one adult son, Richard D. Hernandez, married to Denise; with six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
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