Sarah Hernandez serves as a program officer for McKnight’s Vibrant & Equitable Communities program, focused on advancing a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota. She joined the Foundation in 2005 as a program officer for McKnight’s Region and Communities program and oversaw its strategy to promote economically vibrant neighborhoods. Hernandez serves on the board of directors for the Neighborhood Funders Group and Northside Funders Group and on the steering committee for Minnesota Compass.
Prior to McKnight, Hernandez worked in corporate government and community affairs with Honeywell, a Fortune 100 technology company in Minneapolis. She began as a legislative and policy analyst and went on to manage the company’s energy and environmental policy program, the employee volunteer program, and the community affairs program. In 1998, she became Honeywell’s senior manager of corporate community affairs. During her 13-year tenure, Hernandez helped organize the global distribution of the company’s philanthropic funds to educational and environmental nonprofit organizations. Hernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in political science from the University of California–Santa Barbara. A frequent traveler, she has visited more than 25 countries. Hernandez grew up in Southern California, and now lives in Minneapolis.