Fernando first became involved with ELACC in the summer of 2013 as an intern on the Legalize Street Vending (LSV) Campaign. One year later he is a Community Organizer on the same campaign. As a Community Organizer on the LSV campaign he works closely with street vendors and community residents in order to empower and build their leadership skills to fight for their rights to work peacefully and make a living. Fernando is also responsible for working with small businesses in Boyle Heights to find ways in which both vendors and small business owners can work together to build a thriving economy across the city of Los Angeles. Before joining ELACC, Fernando attended Occidental College where he graduated with a dual B.A. degree in Political Science and Spanish in May 2014. During his time as a student at Occidental College he also interned with Organizing for America on President Barrack Obama’s presidential campaign in Miami, Florida. As the Deputy Field Organizer in South Miami, he was in charge of canvassing, voter registration, and voter outreach in order to turn out voters on Election Day. During Spring 2014, Fernando also interned with the Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles where he assisted attorneys on several housing cases affecting low income families across the city of Los Angeles.
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