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Nancy Hernandez, Grad ’02, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2014.
She is the president of the Hispanic Collaborative, where she leads the coordination of more than 150 organizations and individuals seeking to improve economic opportunities and representation among Latinos in the region. The Hispanic Collaborative was established with a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and is based out of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s offices.
Nancy is also the president and founder of ABRAZO Multicultural Marketing and Communication, a leading integrated marketing firm dedicated to connecting companies, institutions and organizations with Hispanic, African-American and Asian audiences. ABRAZO offers primary research, branding, strategic planning, creative design, copywriting, media services, digital marketing and public relations delivered by a team of insightful, diverse professionals.
She developed the business plan that became ABRAZO while completing her Marquette MBA and has grown her agency into the region’s premier Hispanic/women-owned marketing company. Along the way, Nancy has received The Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, the BizTimes Innovator Award and the Marquette College of Business Alumni Entrepreneurial Award, and her company was named the 2004 Hispanic Business of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin.
Nancy is a founding member and past president of the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and past president of TEMPO Milwaukee and has served on the executive committee of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin. She formerly chaired the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, and currently serves on the board of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha. She was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and is currently vice chair of the board. For her extensive community service and volunteerism, Nancy was also chosen for the United Way Philanthropic Five award.
A lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Nancy resides in Bayside, Wis., with her husband Andy Narrai, Grad ’03, and daughter, Delia.