Meet the Long Beach Forward team
Antonio Hernandez (he/him/his) was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles (to Mexican-immigrant parents). He moved to Long Beach to attend California State University, Long Beach and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Chicano and Latino Studies in 2020. His passion to serve communities of color stems from witnessing the aspirations and talents around him growing up, yet not enough resources to support them. Antonio is a former mentor, and alum, with USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative, guiding high school students to pursue higher education as first-generation college students. Antonio currently serves with Greater Long Beach Mutual Aid to provide families food security in response to the pandemic.
Antonio studied abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, where he built upon his passion for distinct cultures and foods. He believes that food is a gateway into cultures and builds community.