Oscar Hernandez Ortiz
Intern, Business Development
Oscar graduated from Arizona State University with a master’s degree in education and completed a two-year commitment teaching fifth grade in Arizona with Teach for America. With his teaching experience and involvement in education as an undergraduate, Oscar was appointed as a member of the Arizona Department of Education’s Latinx Advisory Board. While no longer an educator, Oscar still seeks of ways to push the expectations of our public education system. He is part of the Arizona Alumni Leadership Board, where he works to organize TFA’s alumni to continue to impact education in Arizona.
During his undergraduate years, Oscar majored in public policy. His undocumented and low-income background galvanized Oscar to focus on immigration and education. Oscar co-founded the organization Undocumented Students for Education Equity to help them find the appropriate resources needed to navigate higher education. His efforts to help meet the educational needs of undocumented students earned recognition from ASU when he was named a 2017-2018 Spirit of Service Scholar, an honor bestowed annually by the university’s Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service. Additionally, he was selected as the 2020 MLK Jr. Servant-Leadership Awardee for his continuous commitment to serve as an act for change.
In his free time, Oscar enjoys exploring Greater Phoenix’s restaurants and bars. He also likes exploring new hikes and playing soccer with his friends.