Diego Hernandez is the youngest legislator serving in the Oregon Legislature. He represents Oregon's 47th District, comprising of outer East Portland. As a freshman legislator, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Assistant Majority Leader. Diego was raised by a single hard working immigrant mom. He is a product of East Multnomah County public schools including the David Douglas and Parkrose Districts. He graduated from Reynolds High School, then worked his way through college at the University of Oregon, where he received a BA in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. After college, Diego received his Masters in Social Work at Portland State University. Because of his passion for serving his community, Diego then became a teacher-mentor at Parkrose Middle and High School.
At the age of 25, he was the first Latino elected to the Reynolds School Board. He is currently serving his second 4 year term on the Reynolds School Board. As a school board member, Diego advocates for equity and helped pass the district's first Equity Action Plan. At 26, Diego was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Diego has been recognized by the National Association of Social Workers, University of Oregon Ethnic Studies Department, CAUSA Oregon, Latino Network, Portland Community College with awards for his public service.
Diego Hernandez is a former community organizer, educator, and nonprofit Executive Director. He is the co-founder of Momentum Alliance, an innovative youth based nonprofit dedicated to developing our next generation of intersectional social justice leaders.
Diego is a strong voice for Oregon's students, families and underrepresented communities, advocating for a more responsive government to the needs of its most marginalized.
Rep. Hernandez currently serves on the House Revenue Committee, House Education Policy Committee, and Ways and Means- Sub Committee on Education, and the Joint Committee on Student Success.