Ivan Hernandez, Board Member
Ivàn is passionate about improving outcomes and increasing representation for marginalized and underserved communities. Iván’s passion comes from growing up as an immigrant in rural eastern Oregon. His family emigrated from Mexico to the United States when he was 5 and he grew up in rural agricultural communities. During his time in eastern Oregon, he helped found the Columbia Basin Hispanic Soccer League to give the community an organized league with its own facilities. The league grew to 20 teams and close to 400 players. Ivàn graduated from Hermiston High School and Blue Mountain Community College before he moved to Eugene.
Ivàn graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Business Administration. During his time at the U of O, Ivàn volunteered his time to organize the KIDSPORTS Invitational, which allowed children from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in sports and meet their sports idols without cost. He also contributed to the Lundquist College of Business’ diversity recruitment and retainment goals as a student ambassador and mentor to students of color and their parents.
Currently, Ivàn works at Lara Media, a multicultural full-service marketing, research and communications firm based in Portland where he is the Marketing and Communications Manager. At Lara Media he connects services and resources that clients offer with the underserved communities they hope to reach. Ivàn is currently going through Latino Network’s Unid@s Leadership program. Ivàn enjoys volunteering his time and supporting causes that focus on social equity.
In his free time, Iván loves spending time with his daughter, visiting his family in eastern Oregon, exploring Oregon’s natural wonders, dancing, staying active and cheering for his Oregon Ducks!