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Every year, the Legislature celebrates the contributions to society made by remarkable women throughout our state by honoring a “Woman of the Year” from each Senate and Assembly district. Traditionally, a formal ceremony is held in the Capitol. Due to COVID-19, the in-person ceremony was postponed. In lieu of the usual celebrations, Assemblymember Laura Friedman is virtually honoring her “Woman of the Year” honoree from the 43rd District, Alma Hernández.
“Alma Hernández’s life path is truly a story of the California Dream,” said Assemblymember Friedman (D-Glendale). “Her parents immigrated to California from Mexico in search of a better future for themselves and their family. Today, Ms. Hernández is the first Latina to serve as the Executive Director for SEIU California, the largest labor union in the state.”
To learn more about Alma and her tremendous advocacy for California workers, please see her biography below.
Alma Hernández, Executive Director SEIU California
Alma Hernández is the Executive Director for SEIU California, an organization dedicated to electing candidates and passing policies that benefit SEIU’s 700,000 members and their families in California. SEIU represents janitors, home care workers, social workers, professors, school workers, health care workers, and city, county, and state workers. It is the largest labor union in the state and has been a powerful political voice in California for working people. Ms. Hernández is the first Latina to occupy the role of Executive Director.
Ms. Hernández’ life path is truly a story of the California Dream. Her parents immigrated to California from Mexico in search of a better future for themselves and their family and worked in the fields of Central California before finding other work in the Central Valley’s agricultural sector. In addition to playing in the fields as her parents worked, Ms. Hernandez fondly recalls learning the art of negotiation with her mother as they set up shop on the weekends in the Central Valley’s swap meets.
Ms. Hernández attended public schools in Keyes, California, and her mother pushed her to study hard. She did - and went on to graduate from UC Berkeley with honors and political and organizing skills sharpened through her leadership of MeCHA. From an early age, she was fascinated with politics and government and immediately after college, she spent five years as a staff person in the California Legislature. Since then, she has worked as a lobbyist in Sacramento and a manager on numerous California campaigns.
Ms. Hernández joined SEIU California in 2010, and is inspired on behalf of her parents and family to further the mission of the union to provide dignity and a voice for working people. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, she served the organization as Political Director, building the organization's field capacity, running independent expenditure campaigns, and helping SEIU California lead the state in building the political power of the new California majority: Latino, African American, and API voters.
Ms. Hernández is married and has two children, 10 and 12 years old.