Hernán is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Public Counsel, where he was selected after a nationwide search as the first Latino head of the 40-year-old civil rights organization.
Hernán is a 1994 graduate of UCLA School of Law, and received his B.A., with Distinction, from Stanford University in 1991. Prior to joining Public Counsel, Hernán spent many years as a litigator at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles.
Hernán is widely respected in the legal and broader public interest community for his work on access to justice and consumer issues. He regularly speaks at statewide and national conferences on the delivery of pro bono services. Hernán makes frequent media appearances on civil rights and consumer issues facing low-income communities.
In 2004, he was named by the Daily Journal as one of California's Top 20 lawyers under the age of 40.
In 2009, President Obama nominated Hernán to the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute, a federally-chartered entity that provides grants to state court systems to increase access to justice. The United States Senate confirmed Hernán's nomination on June 22, 2010.
Hernán also currently serves as one of twelve Lawyer Representatives of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Hernán is married to Julie Su, the Litigation Director at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. They have two daughters, ages 10 and 7.