Danny Hernandez is a progressive policy advocate and activist based in Phoenix. Currently, he serves as the Community Empowerment Coordinator for ALL in Education.
A first-generation American, Danny became the first in his family to obtain a bachelors degree. Since then, he has amassed over a decade of professional experiences in political and policy advocacy; issue and electoral organizing; and program/campaign development and administration at the local, state and national level.
Danny moved to Phoenix from the east coast in late 2014. Before then, he lived in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, working as an advocate with non-profits and legal organizations representing various marginalized communities including LGBTQ service-members, Philadelphia labor leaders, and Pennsylvania agricultural migrant workers. In Arizona, Danny has maintained his commitment to social justice causes, namely in support of Phoenix-area youth as well as the state’s public school educators and staff.
Beyond campaign and issue-related advocacy work, Danny also continues to mobilize Arizonans by sharing his story as a diversity, equity and inclusion speaker and facilitator. Danny is a Marine Corps veteran turned organizer, having lobbied directly for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. Danny’s story — which helped shine a light on the injustices facing LGBT service members –was featured in NPR, The Guardian, MTV, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Washington Post, Univision and others, and included in the book “Our Time,” which gives first-hand accounts from over a dozen LGBTQ service members and veterans who served under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”