ACLU of Missouri hires Alicia Hernández as community organizer

Hernández will connect with communities across Eastern Missouri

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The ACLU of Missouri has hired Alicia Hernández as Community Organizer for Eastern Missouri.

“We’re thrilled to have Alicia Hernández on our policy team to build our outreach programs and forge deeper and more productive connections with communities across the state,” Sara Baker, ACLU of Missouri legislative and policy director said.

Alicia Hernández (she/her) is an activist and community leader who is driven by her passion for community development, advocacy, and racial equity in Missouri.

Hernández joins ACLU of Missouri from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in St. Louis, where she was a vital member of a six-person team committed to providing services and assistance to Hispanic-owned businesses and professionals in the St. Louis region.

“I’ve seen how the ACLU of Missouri has been at the center of nearly every major civil liberties battle,” Hernández said.  “And time after time, their work has played a defining role in protecting and advancing individual and human rights for not only the St. Louis community but all of Missouri.”

As Community Organizer, Hernández will build ACLU of Missouri’s action network, recruit community leaders, and facilitate partnerships.

Outside of Hernández’s professional life, she works to foster civic engagement and inclusion throughout the community. Her civic engagement roles include Secretary of the Better Bevo Now Neighborhood Association and committee member of the Dutchtown South Community Corporation’s Common Sound Festival. Hernández is also currently part of an organizing initiative to create co-operative housing in Chesterfield, Mo., through a community land trust with the Chesterfield Mobile Home Park.

In her free time, Hernández volunteers as a citizenship tutor for the International Institute of St. Louis. Hernández is also an active member of the National Women’s Political Caucus – Missouri. She also volunteers with various campaigns and advocacy initiatives in the city of St. Louis, including previous volunteer activities with the ACLU of Missouri.

“A community-first organizing model is crucial to the success of any outreach effort. Alicia not only has the heart for community but also demonstrated the drive to make it happen,” Baker said.

Hernández is working toward a Master’s in Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a member of the university’s Hispanic Latino Association. Read her full bio here.

About the ACLU of Missouri: The ACLU of Missouri preserves and expands the constitutional rights and civil liberties of all Missourians as guaranteed in the Missouri and U.S. Constitutions, with a focus on the Bill of Rights, the first ten Amendments.