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About Michael A. Hernández, Director of Communications

Mike is the Director of Communications for Miami-Dade County. He is often the chief spokesperson for Mayor Carlos Gimenez as well as a liaison between county government and the media. Prior to this position, he worked as the Sr. Director at Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), a global research-based consultancy that specializes in messaging and communications strategy for blue-chip political, corporate and entertainment clients. Over his four years with the firm, he worked in several countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East on a range of projects which included political and communications campaign consulting and strategic advising for heads of state, candidates for public office and private sector organizations. 

Prior to joining PSB, Mike worked for Balsera Communications -- a public affairs and political communications consulting firm in Coral Gables, Florida. At this firm, he worked with then-Senator Barack Obama’s Hispanic media messaging team between 2007 and 2008.

During the 2012 U.S. presidential election, Mike was a surrogate for the Obama for America Florida reelection campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Florida and Miami-Dade Democratic Party on both English and Spanish language media outlets. Since 2009, he has been interviewed thousands of times by international, national, regional and local news outlets. Also in 2012, Mike served as the Hispanic Communications Director for the Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

Mike earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration and BA in Political Science from Florida International University. He is still very active with the university community serving as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the School of International and Public Affairs Advisory Board and the President’s Council. He is also active in several national organizations and has received numerous recognitions.

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