Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Mario Hernandez


Mario Hernández

Director Of Public Affairs
Western Union

Chli Advisory Council Member

Mario Hernández is Director of Public Affairs at Western Union, a leader in global payment services with a combined network of approximately 510,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In this position, he is responsible for the development and implementation of public affairs strategies to reach Western Union’s various constituencies, including Latin American communities in and outside the United States. He has played an instrumental role in designing and implementing Western Union’s corporate social responsibility programs, such as the pioneering 4+1 Program that is creating job opportunities in six Mexican states affected by high levels of emigration and poverty through innovative partnerships between the public sector, immigrant-led hometown associations and Western Union.

Mario Hernández studied Public Administration at El Colegio de México, and received a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from the London School of Economics. He participated in the first European Masters in Public Administration, a collaborative program of various European universities. Mr. Hernandez completed all but his dissertation towards a Ph.D. in Public Affairs at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver, where he served as a graduate instructor on U.S. Political Institutions.

In 2007, Mr. Hernández received a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Humanities from the Pan American University of El Salvador for his contribution to the integration and economic empowerment of Central American and Caribbean immigrant communities and the promotion of positive, bipartisan and comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S.

Mr. Hernández serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council (AIC) and the Corporate Advisory Boards of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), among other organizations.