Sarah Hernandez yog tus saib xyuas cov haujlwm hauv McKnight's Vibrant & Equitable Communities program, tsom rau kev nce qib hauv lub xeev Minnesota muaj kev ncaj ncees thiab sib luag. Nws koom nrog Foundation xyoo 2005 ua ib tus thawj coj program rau McKnight's Thaj Chaw thiab Cov Zej Zog thiab saib xyuas nws lub tswv yim los txhawb thaj chaw kev nyob hauv zej zog. Hernandez ua haujlwm pab thawj tswj hwm ntawm Cov Thawj Saib Xyuas Kev Pab Nyiaj Rau Neighborhood Funders thiab Northside Funders Group thiab ntawm pawg thawj coj tuav haujlwm rau Minnesota Compass.

Ua ntej McKnight, Hernandez tau ua haujlwm ntawm tsoomfwv txoj haujlwm thiab kev ua haujlwm nrog zej zog nrog Honeywell, lub tuam txhab Fortune 100 technology hauv Minneapolis. Nws tau pib ua tus tsim cai thiab tus kws ntsuam xyuas txoj cai thiab tau mus tswj hwm lub tuam txhab lub zog thiab ib puag ncig txoj cai kev tswj hwm, kev pabcuam neeg ua haujlwm pub dawb, thiab cov haujlwm hauv zej zog. Nyob rau hauv 1998, nws tau los ua Honeywell tus thawj tswj kev lag luam hauv zej zog cov haujlwm. Thaum nws muaj 13 xyoo, Hernandez pab ua kom muaj kev faib khoom thoob ntiaj teb ntawm lub tuam txhab nyiaj pub rau cov kev kawm thiab kev ua ib puag ncig lub koom haum. Hernandez kawm tiav bachelor's degree hauv kev kawm txog lub neej nyob rau University of Minnesota thiab kawm tiav qib siab rau kev tshawb fawb kev tshawb fawb los ntawm University of California-Santa Barbara. Tus nquag mus ncig, nws tau ntsib ntau dua 25 lub tebchaws. Hernandez loj hlob nyob rau yav qab teb California, thiab tam sim no nyob hauv Minneapolis.