Henry Fernandez is CEO of Fernandez Advisors, a consulting firm which counsels clients in management, planning, project development and political strategy.
Fernandez is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC where he focuses on state and municipal policy. He previously served as a member of the Obama-Biden transition team based at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Fernandez has worked broadly in local government, including as Economic Development Administrator (deputy Mayor) for New Haven, Connecticut where he oversaw the city’s seven development departments.
Fernandez has held leadership positions in legislative and electoral campaigns. He has managed local and statewide political campaigns including a primary and general election campaign for governor in Connecticut. He has overseen the development of technology based and traditional grassroots organizing efforts as well as large scale television and radio communication efforts.
Fernandez was the founding Executive Director of LEAP, a nationally recognized child development program in Connecticut serving low income youth, primarily public housing residents. He currently serves as a volunteer board member for Junta for Progressive Action in New Haven and the National Hispanic Media Coalition in Los Angeles. He is the board chair for both America's Voice and America's Voice Education Fund, in Washington, DC.
He has been interviewed by a diverse set of media ranging from the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal to Variety and Black Enterprise; as well as local print, television and radio news. He served as a regular commentator on MSNBC and writes articles that can be found in new and traditional media sources including ThinkProgress, Salon, the Grio, and New America Media as well as in local newspapers.
Fernandez is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.