Madeliene Hernández is a nonprofit leader with a background in developing youth programs that create equitable access to education and extracurricular activities to youth and their families. Her work in youth development spans from serving as an AmeriCorps for the Seattle World School, a coach for Soccer Without Borders in Granada, Nicaragua to leading a team of Community School Managers at El Programa Hispano Católico in Portland, OR. Currently, she is the Operations Manager at Seattle Foundation where she supports a team of Program Officers by developing systems and processes to help them achieve their programmatic goals to create a more equitable Seattle region for all. She is a alumna of the University of Puget Sound and a Líderes fellow with Hispanics in Philanthropy.
Her passion for nonprofit service comes from her Papa’s influence who encouraged her to engage in volunteer service at a young age which led her to mentoring students at her local elementary school and coaching soccer. In 2017 when she returned to the Puget Sound area, she was introduced to Y-WE and served as a mentor and volunteer. Mentors have played a huge role in supporting Madeliene throughout her journey and she has been constantly inspired by the way Y-WE lives out its values and mission to empower young women. Outside of volunteering and work, Madeliene loves to cook new recipes that help her reconnect to her Mexican roots and as a Pacific Northwesterner you can also find her exploring the trails of the Cascades and Olympics either hiking or cycling.