FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2012
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HARTFORD—The Connecticut Commission on Children has named Steven Hernández, Esq., as its new director of public policy and research.
Mr. Hernández previously served seven years as legislative and budget director in the office of Washington, D.C., Councilmember Jim Graham.
"We're so thrilled to have an attorney with such a strong background in researching and advising legislators on public policy matters," Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman said. "As an agency tasked by the state legislature with representing children's interests at the state Capitol, we know we've found a very skilled and passionate champion in Steve."
"Creating policies and legislation that deal effectively with all of the issues affecting children these days is an increasingly complex and sophisticated job, so we're lucky to have someone with Steve's background and talents," Commission Chair M. Alex Geertsma, M.D., F.A.A.P, said.
Prior to his work with the District of Columbia Council, Mr. Hernández served as a clerk to two judges in the District's Court of Appeals and as a consultant to the Washington law firm Baker & Miller, PLLC. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Bennington College in Vermont in 1995 and a juris doctor degree from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C., in 2001.
Mr. Hernández, who succeeds Thomas R. Brooks, said, "I am honored to take part in the Commission's important work, and pledge to bring the fullest extent of my advocacy, intellect, and experience to bear on behalf of Connecticut's children."
About the Commission on Children: Created with bipartisan support in 1985 by the Connecticut General Assembly, the Commission on Children brings together the various levels of government, the private sector, nonprofit agencies, and philanthropy to promote public policies in the best interests of children. Its board members, who serve as volunteers, are appointed by legislative leaders of both parties. It has a staff of six. For more information, visit www.cga.ct.gov/coc.