Member of the Month

Steven Hernández, Esq.


HYPE Member Since:
  2014

Employer: Commission on Children, General Assembly

Job Title: Attorney/Director of Public Policy & Research

Committee Member On: Civic Engagement and Community Involvement

What he does for work:

I am the staff attorney for a non-partisan legislative commission where I develop and move policy on a range of children’s issues. That includes working with representatives of all branches of government, parents, and private groups to promote public policies in the best interests of children, identifying emerging issues and policy trends, and enlisting the support of leaders in non-government sectors to improve services and policies for children. Being relatively new to CT, this is a dream job for me. The work we do has a directly positive impact on the lives of children and youth in the State, and I get to do that with people that I truly respect. To think that a little over five years ago I was, among other things, regulating liquor interests in Washington, DC!

His favorite thing about HYPE is:

Having moved to CT and the Hartford region a little over 5 years ago, HYPE was one of the first social organizations for professionals that provided opportunities for me to get to know and contribute to my adopted community. Unlike the strictly professional organizations that I belong to, my favorite thing about HYPE is the diversity of interests, careers and personalities among the membership. Where else can one talk shop with a lawyer, composition with a photographer, and the nuances of starting a new business with an emerging entrepreneur, all while enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of what the region has to offer? That’s HYPE. 

Nonprofits/Boards or other groups he's involved in:

I serve as a member of the Board of Director for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, where we bring people together to build homes, communities and hope so that every man, woman and child can have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety. I am also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, where I serve on the Membership Committee.

What he would do if someone gave him 1 million dollars:

If someone gave me one million dollars I would say thank you, sincerely. I can’t imagine I would be more or less grateful if I knew the person prior to the gift. A million dollars wouldn’t necessarily change my life’s path, but it might change or improve my opinion of my benefactor.

Contact Info: 860-904-0404