David Pérez-Hernández works with mission-driven startups to help accelerate growth and impact. He currently works for a tech startup making it easier for employers to find and train hourly workers.
David was a joint MBA and MPP candidate at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. At Harvard, David served on the COOP’s Board of Advisors, as Co-President of the HBS Democrats Club, and as Course Assistant to Professors David Gergen and David King. David was also awarded George and a full ride-scholarship as a Zuckerman fellowship at the Center for Public Leadership.
Prior to Harvard, David served as an economic advisor for United States Senator Cory Booker, and as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow at the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he worked to improve capital access programs to small businesses in underserved communities. Before DC, David was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Mexico City, working to strengthen Mexico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. While at Harvard, David spent summers at BlackRock in fintech investing and with the Mayor of Austin. David is a first-generation college student and American, with parents from Mexico and Colombia. He was raised in the Chicagoland Area and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Go Illini!).
David lives in Austin, Texas with his dog Gringo and enjoys exercise, cooking, and being outdoors.