2018 Academy Honoree Fernando De Necochea

Academy of Special Dreams Honoree 2018

The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation congratulates Fernando De Necochea for his many years of leadership in the greater Los Angeles community and his lifetime dedication to higher education, public and community service that has fostered a more inclusive society. On behalf of the Board of Directors and our Artists in Residence, we offer our sincere appreciation for your demonstrated commitment to the full inclusion and integration of underserved communities, including the special needs community, in mainstream America.

Fernando recently retired as a senior member of Southern California Edison’s strategic engagement group, responsible for the utility company’s relationship to Latino leaders and Latino organizations in the region and state and nationwide and advisor on philanthropy to low-income and underserved communities. Prior to working in public affairs at Southern California Edison, he had a long career in higher education: as advisor to the president and assistant provost at Stanford University, director of financial aid and advisor to the vice provost at Brown, and co-founder of the multi-component Chicano studies program at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he headed the research center and community service program. He is a new member of the board of visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College, in addition to serving as chair of the UC Berkeley Statewide Puente Project advisory board, and the corporate advisory board of the USC Latino Alumni Association. Fernando has been active in higher education, public and community service throughout his entire career. He was born and raised in the border city of Calexico, California, and was the first in his family to attend college. He graduated from Dartmouth as a Rufus Choate Scholar, studied abroad in Spain and Peru, and completed graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

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