Consultant Mark Hernandez is committed to ensuring that the arts, in all of their wonderful variety, thrive. His primary areas of expertise are institutional gifts management, content creation, and grantmaking, with an emphasis on the unique conditions of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mark has managed discrete assignments; jumped in at the eleventh hour to complete or fix projects; and worked on an interim basis for weeks or months, providing stability to organizations while they searched for long-term solutions. His client list includes performing arts providers, academic institutions, service organizations, and museums.
Through his work with performing arts providers Mark came to the attention of the grantmaker community. He has been engaged by a number of granting agencies, including private foundations, to provide subjective analysis of artistic work, objective evaluation of institutional capacity, opinions on issues facing the field, and funding recommendations.
From 1992 to 2000 Mark worked for San Francisco Opera, four of those years as Development Staff Writer and Associate Director of Institutional Gifts. He began consulting on a freelance basis in 1999.
Mark is also an opera singer, librettist, and writer.