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Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lena Hernandez has spent the last twenty years dedicated to empowering and giving back to the communities that made her who she is today. 


As Senior Director of External Affairs & Administration, Lena leads the team in long-term relationship building and project management. Lena is an important liaison between corporate actors and non-profits, facilitating sponsorship and partnership opportunities. After sixteen years with D&P, she is an expert negotiator and advocate with experience managing over $1 million in partnerships . 


In addition to her external affairs role, Lena is D&P’s go-to person for special projects and team building. Her exceptional ability to see the big picture, focus impact on multicultural communities, execute detail-oriented programming, and manage multiple projects and team members brings immeasurable value to the firm and its clients. 


In 2019, Lena received Prospanica DC’s distinguished 40 Under 40 Award. She also was recognized in 2014 with the Latina Leadership Award from the GLBT History Project, and was a Spring 2020 graduate of the Mujeres de HACE Women’s Leadership Program. Lena received her Professional Certificate of Event Management from the School of Business at The George Washington University, and is currently pursuing a degree from Northern Virginia Community College.


Outside of work, Lena spends time at her “mom job,” raising her daughter, Max, whom she describes as her greatest accomplishment. Lena lives in Southern Maryland with her wife, Candy, Max, and their mascot pup, Kiki. 

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