CHCI Alumni Association DC Metro Chapter
Elections: Chapter President
Public Policy Fellow 2013-2014
Eric Hernandez is a Data Project Manager at 270 Strategies. He specializes in delivering innovative insights to clients, developing data management strategy, and implementing long-term data-driven solutions. With a range of experience between the private and public sector, he prides himself in his ability to swiftly understand and brainstorm solutions to clients’ biggest challenges.
Eric’s path to the firm started when he took a policy-based fellowship through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in 2013. Placed with then-Rep. Xavier Becerra, Eric’s introduction to D.C. was also a crash course on politics and policy, as he looked to transition from a career in engineering to the public sector.
After the next two years on staff at CHCI coordinating programs, as well as reframing survey and recruitment efforts, Eric joined Hillary for America as a Deputy Data Director in Florida in 2016. More recently, Eric supported federal government client solutions with Guidehouse (formerly PwC Public Sector).
In his spare time, Eric enjoys running (he’s a two-time marathoner), volunteering with the CHCI Alumni Association, talking about his hometown of Detroit, and going on spontaneous adventures around town. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
*Eric currently serves on CHCI-AA DC Metro Chapter Board (2017-2018)
Eric’s Candidate Statement
I stayed in DC after CHCI because, like many alumni, I found a home away from home within our network. I knew I could lean on my fellow alumni from needing help for that next gig or personal advice to wanting to have fun around town. As alumni, it’s also our responsibility to pay it forward, and I show up whether I need to or not. This is an attitude that a chapter president needs to emulate.
The DC Alumni Chapter primarily serves as a social and professional resource to alumni and CHCI participants. I plan to expand the ways in which our chapter engages our local alumni and friends, establish a working fundraising plan for the chapter, and boost our visibility in the DMV area. Most importantly, I will continue to show up for our alumni and our participants, because that’s what family does.
Graduate Fellow 2012-2013
Daniel Lind is a Mechanical and Automotive engineer, earning degrees from the University of Miami in Florida and Clemson University in South Carolina, who currently works as a Safety Compliance Engineer at the Department of Transportation. He was a 2012-2013 CHCI Graduate STEM Fellow who worked on the Senate Finance Committee and at the American Petroleum Institute (his sponsor), and he has remained involved with CHCI ever since then helping out in any way he can – serving as a mentor, application reviewer, panelist for fellows/interns, and STEM recruiter for CHCI over the years. More than a dozen scholarship organizations believed in Daniel and awarded him scholarships after high school, granting him the opportunity to go to college. To pay it forward, Daniel has a passion for giving back to the community and volunteers regularly with CHCI, the Horatio Alger Association, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and in STEM and Latinx outreach opportunities in the DC area.
I am interested in leading the CHCI DC Alumni chapter specifically to increase the number of opportunities and resources for alumni to connect with each other, gain skills needed to advance in their professional careers, and give back to the community by volunteering and mentoring Latino youth. At the same time, I plan to promote CHCI leadership programs by highlighting the impact CHCI has on the DC community and around the world through social media.
In short, I plan to have regular events (one per month) in the DMV area, providing regular opportunities for alumni/fellows/interns to connect during our time in DC and help each other progress. I believe my skillset is ideal for this role, as I have done very similar work increasing opportunities for members, providing value-added programming for professional development, and highlighting Latinxs in STEM through my work with SHPE DC, where I have hosted more than 45 events over the last 28 months, while simultaneously establishing over 50 partnerships with organizations and companies in the Capitol area, and increasing our social media engagements to reach over 7,000+ people per event. I plan to join forces with all of the partners I’ve worked with over the last few years, in order to share costs in hosting events, specifically in order to offer regular value-added programming for alumni (i.e. series of financial planning seminars, public speaking training, home-buying workshops, combining tech policy with social justice/advocacy, and many other events). I would like to take the CHCI-DC chapter to the next level and increase CHCI’s impact in the DMV area!