Cesar Hernandez

Deputy Director

Cesar Hernandez joined CALSTART in 2021 as a Program Manager. He works on the Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO), the first program in the nation to provide zero-emission mobility to underserved communities and improve people’s health and quality of life. He manages the CMO team members and all aspects of the CMO program deliverables including developing a model that could be replicated in other states or at the national level. He oversees industry engagement and collaboration with our multiple partners including the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  He aims to embed racial equity in program design, team operations, implementation, partner development, outreach, and support. He plans on leading key elements of voucher processing to launch, manage, and continuously improve operations of Clean Mobility Options (CMO) Voucher Application and Processing division.

Cesar joins us with well over 20 years of experience working in advocacy in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining CALSTART, he worked for Lyfe Productives as Innovation Planning Director. In this position, he developed and managed a community engagement strategy for LADOT in South Los Angeles. At the LA County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), he worked with intersectional partner organizations and stakeholders to advocate for Active Transportation and Safe Streets initiatives, while also working to accelerate equity in transportation at the LA City and LA County level. While at LACBC, he was a member of the LA Metro Policy Advisory Council (PAC) which was established to review, comment, and provide input on the Measure M Master Guidelines. His role there helped inform and influence policies on the intersectionality of equity and transportation justice. Cesar holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Cesar considers himself a commuter cyclist and enjoys navigating through the urban landscape on his bike.