Northrop Grumman executive Christopher M. Hernandez has been elected chairman of the board of directors for the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation. Hernandez, who has been a board member since 2001, began his two-year term as chairman on Jan. 22.
The Montebello, Calif.-based foundation is one of the country's largest Latino human service organizations, serving more than 125,000 children and adults in California.
"I'm honored to lead MAOF during these challenging economic times," said Hernandez, who is a sector vice president at Grumman. "Education and training will be major goals, especially in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, to encourage our young people to pursue careers in those disciplines."
"Mr. Hernandez is well-suited to lead us," said Martin Castro, the foundation's president and chief executive. "He brings an impressive background in science and technology in the aerospace industry, including his work on development of unmanned aircraft systems, the B-2 stealth bomber, NASA's space shuttle and advanced space launch vehicle concepts."
The foundation's services include job training and referrals, adult education, youth programs, senior services, a food bank and free income-tax preparation. It offers its services free to the public.
Hernandez earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and a master's degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan Fellows program.
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