Sarah Hernandez is a Public Private Coordinator (GS13) in the J9 Partnering Directorate at United States Southern Command. She has been with the United States Southern Command since 2011.
In her role as a Public Private Coordinator, she has created and sustained strategic relationships with local in-country non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses and academic institutions in over 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year, she garnered $4.2 million-worth in services and gifts-in-kind for Beyond the Horizons Dominican Republic 2014. More recently, she coordinated overwhelming private partner support for Continuing Promise 2015 missions in Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia.
Prior to her role in the J9, Ms. Hernandez was the Civil Affairs Operations Noncommissioned Officer at United States Southern Command. Her duties in this capacity included coordinating and overseeing all Reserve General Purpose Joint Civil Affairs forces deployed in the western hemisphere. Ms. Hernandez continues to serve her country in the US Army Reserve as a Sergeant First Class specialized in Human Intelligence for the past 12 years.
Before her career at the United States Southern Command, she was a Commercial Real Estate Broker for Bayview Financial in Coral Gables, Florida. She graduated from American Public University in 2013 and currently resides in Florida with her son Gaby and daughter Alyssa.