Fernando is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s Social Welfare program and a less-recent graduate of UCLA’s undergraduate Political Science program. They are the youngest of six children (five surviving) to a mother from Guerrero, Mexico and a father from Morelos, Mexico. Fernando has multilevel professional experience in community mental health, program development for system-impacted latine youth, and qualitative research design. Long term, Fernando is deeply invested in reimagining community-based care systems for families and communities experiencing grief. To sustain this passion, Fernando enjoys reading and writing poetry, listening to Marvin Gaye, and trying to recreate their mother’s recipes from memory.