Director of Philanthropy

Mark Hernandez served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Success Centers for two years before transitioning to the professional staff. As the organization’s first-ever Director of Philanthropy, he is tasked with building community support and visibility for the organization. Previously, Mark held full-time positions at the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, a statewide organization that supports culture bearers; Stanford Jazz Workshop, a producing and educational organization; San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a tertiary education institution (and Mark’s alma mater); and San Francisco Opera, the second largest company of its kind in the nation. As a freelance, he has worked for more than a dozen Bay Area nonprofits of various sizes and missions. Active in the grantmaker sector since 1998, Mark has been contracted by two large private foundations; served as a peer review panelist for two public agencies; and, since 2005, worked on retainer as philanthropy advisor to a major family foundation. For many years, Mark was a professional performer and teaching artist. He is the co-author, with Lotfi Mansouri, of True Tales from the Mad, Mad, Mad World of Opera, published by Dundurn. He also ghostwrote several chapters of Mansouri’s autobiography, Lotfi Mansouri: An Operatic Journey, published by Northeastern University Press. For composer David Garner, he wrote Mary Pleasant at Land’s End, an opera libretto on the life of the mother of civil rights in California. Learn more about Mark at landsendvoice.com.



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