Mario Hernandez is Co-Owner and COO of a Facilities Maintenance company in Los Angeles. Before starting his own business, he managed a Public and Government Relations team for LAUSD, responsible for the district’s multi-billion dollar New School construction program.
Mario grew up in Boyle Heights and East LA, attending local schools and participating in various community organizations. Majoring in Latin American Studies at UC Santa Cruz, he was accepted into UCLA’s Graduate School of Film and Television where he established the Latino Cinema Project. After leaving UCLA, he joined the Community Relations Department at LAUSD where he remained for many years, focusing on the need for new schools to ease overcrowding in the inner city. Mario left LAUSD in 2010 to devote his attention his young son, who was diagnosed with autism. In 2011, he began an organic urban garden. This led to the planning for an urban garden project called the City Terrace Community Orchards Project, which provides fruit for local organizations to distribute. The CTCO project seeks to expand the project throughout East Los Angeles.