Ines Hernandez

2022 Community Leadership Award

College: Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

Degree: MPA '00

Ines Hernandez is driven by her passion and commitment to building inclusive and thriving communities. As the South Florida Market Manager for Citi Community Development, she is in the privileged position to develop and catalyze innovative initiatives that address the prosperity gap in South Florida in the areas of affordable housing, small business development, and financial inclusion.

During her 20-year career in community development, Ines honed cross-sector relationships and skills in applied research, program development, collaborative facilitation, public policy formulation, and public affairs. In her prior role as Principal of Civica Consulting Group Inc., Ines advised municipalities, nonprofits, and philanthropies on how to use data to advance community and economic development initiatives. She was the lead consultant for The Social Compact (Washington, D.C) and Emerging Markets, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) where she used research data to show the untapped market potential of low-income neighborhoods that attracted major financial institutions and supermarkets to these underserved areas. Finally, during her tenure as Communication Director of the American Red Cross of South Florida, she utilized story-telling techniques to inform and influence the public dialogue. She applies this skill in community development by crafting communication strategies that help to build the goodwill required to sustain and grow innovative programs.

Ines serves as the Board Chair for Miami Homes for All, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Foundation of South Florida and is on the advisory committee for Startup FIU.