Our vision is of a California where everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in the state’s economic, social, and political life. This will require our state to make smart policy choices and the right kinds of public investments. In working to accomplish this, our team is backed by a diverse and accomplished board of directors, ranging from coalition leaders to the state’s top economists and researchers. The California Budget & Policy Center’s board members bring decades of experience, expertise, and results. In this blog series, we will introduce each of our board members and give you some insight into the leadership that supports and helps guide the Budget Center.
Alma Hernández joined the California Budget & Policy Center’s board of directors in June 2017. She is the Executive Director of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, which represents 700,000 members and their families and is the largest labor union in the state. Inspired by her immigrant parents and family, Alma joined SEIU in 2010 as political director to further the union’s mission of providing dignity and a voice for working people. In this role, she built the organization’s field capacity, ran independent-expenditure campaigns, and helped SEIU build the political power of the new California majority: Latino, African American, and Asian and Pacific Islander voters. In 2016 Alma became the first Latina to occupy the role of SEIU California’s executive director. Prior to SEIU, Alma spent five years as staff in the California Legislature, worked as a lobbyist in Sacramento, and managed numerous statewide political campaigns. Alma received her bachelor degrees in rhetoric and political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
What’s your favorite thing about living in California?
I love our diversity, our food, and the Bay Area/California weather!
Where is your favorite place to go in California?
I love going back home to the Central Valley. It’s where my heart is.
If you could have coffee with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be?
What is something people don’t generally know about you?
I mostly only watch/listen to Spanish TV and radio. So, I struggle to keep up with American pop culture references.