Ex-USF student body president Cesar Hernandez hired as Tampa City Council aide
Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione has hired former University of South Florida student body president Cesar R. Hernandez as a legislative aide.
"He's known to a lot of people, and he's very accomplished," said Montelione, whose single-member district covers North and New Tampa. "One of the things I like to do in my office is provide young people the opportunity to be involved and learn and advance their aspirations."
Hernandez, 27, is Montelione's fourth legislative aide since she took office in 2011. The previous three were Marcus.Garza, now an aide to Democratic New York Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy; Kassandra Timothe, now a legislative aide to state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa; and Michael Maurino, now working in governmental affairs at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
Hernandez previously worked as community engagement officer for the nonprofit University Area Community Development Corp. There, he worked on an initiative to reduce street crime by using outreach workers, including ex-convicts and former gang members, to interrupt, mediate and head off violence between gangs. The project is the subject of a 13-minute documentary, The Cure to Violence: The Prometheus Project, scheduled to be shown 6 p.m. March 21 at Muvico Centro Ybor as part of the Gasparilla International Film Festival.
Herandez has a bachelor's degree in biomedical science and is doing graduate work in political science and economics at USF. He also has worked on development efforts in Latin America, Haiti, Israel, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates, and delivered the top-ranked policy presentation at the 2011 Education Without Borders World Conference in Dubai.