Antonia Hernández is a member of Anne Ray Foundation’s Akaloa Program Committee. Anne Ray Foundation and Margaret A Cargill Foundation operate under the umbrella of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP). Akaloa Program Committee focuses on giving to organizations in Southern California that were important to the organization’s founder, Margaret Cargill, during her lifetime.
Nationally regarded for her expertise in immigration, civil rights and philanthropy, Antonia has spent more than four decades advocating for social justice and improving the lives of underserved communities in Los Angeles County and beyond.
Since 2004, Antonia has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of California Community Foundation, one of Southern California’s largest and most active philanthropic organizations. During her tenure, California Community Foundation has granted nearly $2.3 billion, with a focus on health, housing, education, and immigration programs.
Previously, Antonia was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national nonprofit litigation and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the nation’s Latinos through the legal system, community education and research and policy initiatives. Antonia earned a bachelor of arts in history at UCLA and a juris doctor from the UCLA School of Law.
Antonia is a member of the board of directors of the Automobile Club of Southern California, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Association, Grameen America, and Urban Institute. She currently serves on advisory boards and committees including the Commission on Presidential Debates, Healthy California for All Commission, and UCLA Board of Advisors among others.