Director of Grassroots Coalitions
Juan Carlos "JC" Hernandez is the Director of Coalitions for the Leadership Institute, he travels the US conducting training schools, workshops, and seminars to promote the institute’s mission to produce a new generation of public policy leaders.
JC’s involvement in fundraising and campaign management began as a political science student at Roosevelt University, Chicago. While volunteering on state and local races, JC won his own election as student government association president. After graduating in 2004, he served as the university’s assistant director of annual giving for two years before returning to his home-state to deepen his political participation.
A Miami native JC has been involved in many local, state and national campaigns over the past decade. In addition to working on elections, he has served as the Republican Party of Miami-Dade County Executive Director and managed many issue advocacy initiatives. He has also spearheaded both political and non-profit fundraising campaigns.
Recruited by then-candidate Marco Rubio during his 2010 US Senate campaign, as the Miami-Dade ED, JC oversaw 10 city, county, state and congressional elections. He successfully met the counties’ goals for fundraising, voter registration, and get-out-the-vote efforts.
In 2012, after initially being named Florida’s statewide field director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, JC’s position expanded to include Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. As a regional director, he built grassroots organizations, obtained endorsements from elected officials and other prominent community members and helped manage fundraising and political events.
JC currently resides in the Washington DC area.