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Let's Meet Cheryl Hernandez, Finance and Administrative Assistant

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

Originally from Austin, Texas, Cheryl is the first face you're likely to see as you walk into our office. As Finance and Administrative Assistant, she provides office, human resources, and accounting support. Let's get to know her!

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Austin, TX where I attended W. Charles Akins High School and graduated top ten percent of my class in May of 2005. I went on to attend college at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance in May of 2009. After graduation, I began work as an Accounts Analyst in the Austin-Metro area until I relocated to Washington State in August of 2013.

What do you like to do in your own time?

I enjoy traveling, both to visit family and friends back in our hometowns of Austin, TX and Palo Alto, CA, and to cities and countries on our bucket lists. While at home I enjoy gardening and working on my yard, and taking long walks with my significant other and our two dogs. I also enjoy going to concerts, music festivals, and having dinner with friends at new restaurants in Seattle. As well, I enjoy visiting local breweries and trying microbrews, and playing board games and card games from around the world.

What brought you to SOWA?

At the start of 2017, I decided to begin my transition into the nonprofit sector due to the very public racial inequalities and social injustices many minority families were facing in our country. With my father being a first generation American, the issues being discussed touched on very personal level. So, I felt the need to help and make a difference and began researching different organizations in the Seattle area. Once I found SOWA and read about everything they stood for, I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for.   

Tell us one thing you are proud of?

I am proud to be a part of an organization where I get to contribute towards the ability for all young people to have opportunities to reach their full potential, regardless of their race or household income. Growing up in a diverse and blue collar community, I understand first hand some of the hardships many youths faced during their formative years. Being the first person in my family to attend a private four year university was an amazing accomplishment, and it was organizations and programs similar to SOWA that helped me reach such an achievement. Now, I am able to give back to both my family and the community I came from, and now, the new community I call home.

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