Natalie Hernandez is a specialist in environmental policy and community planning. She has a strong passion for environmental justice and climate equity, which she attributes to growing up in Long Beach, a core hub of goods movement, air quality issues, and climate adaptation in the Los Angeles area.
Her diverse experience includes positions at the California Natural Resources Agency, California Air Resources Board, and Institute for Local Government. Most recently, she worked at USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, where she collaborated on the Measures Matter research for the equitable implementation of LA County Measure M (sales tax for transportation) and Measure A (parcel tax for parks and open space). Natalie is knowledgeable about climate change funding, regulatory processes, stakeholder engagement, and resilience.
She holds a Master of Planning from USC and a BA in Urban Studies and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys running, listening to Latin music, eating tacos with her familia, and learning from fun people and new places. Aside for her love of the Los Angeles region, she has lived in Sacramento, El Salvador, and Mexico City, and she claims that part of her heart stays in each of those places.