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April 4, 2017 —Local Elections

U.S. House of Representatives — ” Sara Hernandez, Candidate for District 34

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Sara Hernandez

Education Non-Profit Director
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
  • Infrastructure



Profession:Education Non-Profit Founder


Duke University Bachelors, Public Policy (current)
Loyola Marymount University Masters, Education (current)
Loyola Marymount University Juris Doctorate (current)


Sara Hernandez is an educator, lawyer, non-profit founder and public servant. At 23, she moved to Los Angeles to teach middle school English and History at Johnnie Cochran Middle School. Sara describes her experience as an LAUSD teacher as one of the most powerful, formative experiences of her life.  Three years later, with a Masters in Education, she founded HYPE Los Angeles, a non-profit that identifies talented low-income students and provides them with exceptional educational opportunity and resources throughout their middle and high school years.  Today, HYPE has expanded to change the lives of students and their families in low-income neighborhoods across Los Angeles. HYPE recently merged with the Young Eisner Scholars (YES) to expand their reach across the country in regions such as New York, Chicago and Appalachia.


Until launching her campaign Sara served as the Executive Director to Coro Southern California, a national leadership development program, training ethical, diverse civic leaders and equipping them with the skills, networks and resolve to engage and empower communities.


Prior to Coro, Sara served as Special Counsel and Downtown Director for Councilmember Jose Huizar. In this capacity, Sara managed a team that actively worked to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles through increased economic development, policy changes, improved constituency services, transportation alternatives and a multitude of public infrastructure projects and public/private partnerships. Her focus in the past few years has been around smart development, improving access to public green space and addressing homelessness. 


Sara holds a bachelor degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. She serves on the boards of Los Angeles County Young Democrats, Young Eisner Scholars and Pershing Square Renew. In 2015 she was named one of Los Angeles’ Most Fascinating People by LA Weekly.  She lives in Downtown with her fiancé and enjoys exploring LA’s many diverse neighborhoods in her free time.



Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $331,312

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Sara Hernandez
Employees of Bolour Associates
Employees of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Employees of Carlos A. Cruz & Associates
Employees of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Employees of Oaktree Capital Management
Employees of Riordan & Mckinzie

More information about contributions

By State:

California 89.87%
District of Columbia 3.28%
New York 2.58%
Illinois 1.06%
Other 3.21%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.43%)
Small contributions (6.57%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.97%)
From individuals (99.03%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

I’m running for Congress because our communities are under attack by the current administration, and I’m ready to stand up on behalf of the 34th District to defend the Los Angeles we all love.
We need a fighter to protect our immigrant communities, public schools, Medicare, Social Security and our environment.  We also need a fighter with a real record of getting things done.


As a former middle school teacher, I know what our communities are experiencing and how every issue, and policy decision plays out on the ground to affect our children.  Student success is dependent on the fundamentals of affordable housing, healthcare, access to transportation and good jobs for families.

I founded a nonprofit to help low-income Los Angeles students attend college, because I wanted to personally deliver on the dreams of my students.  As a  Special Counsel to Councilmember Jose Huizar, I helped countless small businesses open their doors, revitalize our streets and worked to improve homeless services.


In Congress, I’ll work to defend immigrant families, fight mass deportation, protect public school funding, safeguard our environment, and secure our parents’ retirement and healthcare.  
My passion has always been getting things done for children, working families, small businesses, and our most vulnerable.  I’m proud that my story isn’t just about advocacy; it’s about results.

This is a pivotal moment for our country.  It’s time for a new generation of leaders. The fight ahead won’t be easy, but I promise never to back down. 

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