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Hernandez Added to Grameen America Board of Directors

November 1, 2013

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Grameen America Welcomes Antonia Hernandez to Board of Directors. (PRNewsFoto/Grameen America)
Grameen America Welcomes Antonia Hernandez to Board of Directors. (PRNewsFoto/Grameen America)

Grameen America, an organization dedicated to helping women who live in poverty build small businesses, has added Antonia Hernández to its board of directors.

Ms. Hernández is the president and CEO of the California Community Foundation (CCF), which is one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the U.S. committed to transformative change across the nation, according to her biography.

"Her experience of empowering and advocating for women living in poverty will help guide our approach to creating jobs and transforming communities," Grameen America CEO Stephen A. Vogel said in a press release.

Prior to her position with CCF, Ms. Hernández worked at the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the L.A. Center for Law and Justice, and the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, according to Grameen America's website. She also is a trustee for the Rockefeller Foundation and a member of the boards of the American Constitution Society and the American Automobile Association.

She holds a bachelor's degree in history from UCLA and a law degree from the UCLA School of Law.

"As an expert in philanthropy, civil rights and immigration issues, Ms. Hernandez will be a great addition to our board," Sila M. Calderon, a Grameen America board member, said in a statement.

Grameen America was founded by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus. The organization offers microloans, training and support to transform communities, and creates jobs and fights poverty. It was formed in January 2008, and since has disbursed more than $109 million in microloans to more than 18,600 women.

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