WASHINGTON, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 16, 2007–The board of trustees today named Idalia P. Fernandez president of the Hispanic College Fund. Ms. Fernandez has served as vice president & COO since October 2001. J. Fernando Barrueta will remain with the Hispanic College Fund as CEO.
“Idalia did a fantastic job guiding the Hispanic College Fund’s fiscal development, its programs and the staffing of the organization,” said J. Fernando Barrueta, CEO of the Hispanic College Fund. “That combined with her passion, dedication and commitment to seeing all students succeed made her an outstanding selection.”
“As president of the Hispanic College Fund, I will continue to raise public awareness of the excellent work we do and the caliber of students we support,” said Idalia P. Fernandez, Hispanic College Fund. “I look forward to expanding the breadth and the scope of our programs to ensure that more Hispanic Scholars have the support, the skills and the connections to fill our nation’s critical jobs in business, science, technology and engineering.”
Fernandez joined the Hispanic College Fund in 1999 as the organization’s first program manager. Prior to joining the Hispanic College Fund, Fernandez managed the financial systems for General Dynamics. Her various roles at General Dynamics included budgeting, financial analysis, government contract compliance and internal auditing. She was with General Dynamics from 1991–1998.
Fernandez is currently a 2007 National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow, an organization that develops Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community and world activism. She participates with La Voz Hispana for Education – a Virginia-based organization that empowers Hispanic parents and students through academic enrichment programs and monthly parent meetings to prepare Hispanic students to be college-ready and career-focused. She is also the co-founder and president of Latinas Investing Power, an investment club in the Washington, D.C. area. Fernandez also served as a national panelist for the Partners in Education, a program of the White House Initiative on Excellence in Education for Hispanic Americans.
Fernandez is the first person in her family to graduate from college. Her understanding of language, cultural and financial barriers for Hispanics and of the necessity of having a college education to get ahead, drives her passion to help young people reach their full potential.
Bilingual in English and Spanish, Fernandez was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and came to the United States in 1976. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Averett University and a Bachelor’s in Biology with a French minor from Boston University. Fernandez and her husband Antonio live in Northern Virginia.
The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic professionals. Since its founding in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund has supported the education of more than 4,000 financially disadvantaged Hispanic students seeking careers in business, science, engineering and technology with over $9 million in grants. Through programs like the Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Program, Hispanic Youth Symposium, Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT), HCF Connections and the Hispanic Young Professionals Leadership & Development Program, the Hispanic College Fund is enriching lives and building bridges for our future Hispanic leaders.
For more information, visit http://www.hispanicfund.org or call 1-800-644-4223.