Daniel A. Fernandez is a social justice Latinx activist and health educator from New Jersey. He has been involved in civic engagement and youth leadership development since 2012, working in the non-profit sector as a community organizer, youth leader and educator for underserved populations, especially LGBTQ+ youth. These experiences inform Daniel’s approach to professional development trainings, particularly his trainings on best practices of working with transgender youth.
Daniel has worked with an array of leading state and nationwide LGBTQ+ organizations including Campus Pride, GLSEN and PFLAG. Prior to his work with TTI, he served as the director of the LGBTQ+ Department for HiTOPS, a health education and advocacy organization serving adolescents based in Princeton, New Jersey. Daniel also served as co-chair for the Gender-Sexuality Alliance Forum and Trans Youth Forum, two of New Jersey’s leading LGBTQ+ conferences. Daniel received a Bachelor of Arts in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology from William Paterson University. As a first generation born American, he is particularly driven towards supporting and enhancing civic engagement amongst Queer Latinx and undocumented immigrant youth.