Benjamin H. Hernandez, MBA


Elected November 2016
Term Ending: November 2019
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Benjamin Hernandez is the former chief financial officer at City of Houston Health and Human Services. His executive leadership focuses on innovation, data-driven decisionmaking and strong business principles which ensure financial stewardship. As the top fiscal advisor, he oversees a combined budget of $140 million and provides financial vision to the organization. Through strategic and tactical planning he leverages resources and utilizes innovative strategies to ensure the long-term sustainability of public health programming. Benjamin has served in various capacities within the public health department including deputy assistant director and director of performance management. He previously served as a policy agenda director for the city council. These experiences have shaped his executive leadership to transcend beyond the traditional role of a CFO. He champions various special initiatives within the organization including continuous quality improvement projects, increasing workforce diversity, and strong talent acquisition. 

Benjamin also plays a critical role within the Houston community. He serves on the Executive Board of the Beacon Day Center, an organization committed to Houston’s underserved and homeless. He oversees the Houston Health Foundation, which provides a funding stream of half a million dollars to support public health projects beyond the normal scope and capacity of city operations. Working to ensure every child has a healthy start in life, the Foundation provides vital services that include access to fresh produce, oral health screenings and sealants, vision exams, no cost prescription glasses and STD screenings. He’s also devoted to mentoring and inspiring the next generation of Latino leaders and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans. 

On a national level, Benjamin has leadership roles within the top public health organizations. He serves on the Finance Committee of NACCHO. He is also an active member within the APHA Health Administration Section, currently serving on the membership committee and previously serving on the finance committee.

As a young Hispanic public health administration professional, Benjamin brings a valuable and diverse perspective with proven results. Benjamin holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rice University in Houston, Texas.