HealthCare Chaplaincy - Jose A. Hernandez

Jose A. Hernandez
Chief Operating Officer

Jose joined HCCN in 2013 following eight years as CEO of the YWCA of Trenton, NJ. After successfully turning around a multi-million dollar organization that was suffering from large debt, an aging infrastructure and dwindling revenues,  Jose grew annual budget by over 45% in just three years. He developed and founded the national “Stand Against Racism” movement – a call to people from all backgrounds to "Stand Against Racism" and discrimination. Within two years, he ignited a national movement, inspiring and leading over 100 CEOs of YWCAs throughout the country, which led to the participation of over 3,000 corporations and organizations in 39 states. Over a quarter million participants have become part of the movement, which has been featured by ABC, NBC, and CBS and over 300 major newspapers nationwide. Jose’s initiative earned him the endorsement of six U.S. Governors. Previously, Jose served as Chief Development Officer for RENEW International, a faith-based organization that promotes spirituality through its international base of over 25 million small faith-based communities.

In 2011, Jose was named New Jersey’s Top Forty Under 40 by NJBiz, and was also honored at the 2010 Spirit of Community Gala in Trenton, NJ in recognition of his impact in the community. From 2007-2010 Jose served as an Advisor to the Governor in the matters of Human Services. In addition, he currently serves on a number of local and regional boards, including the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, where he is also a member of the Executive Committee and co-chairs the Hispanic Business Council for the central New Jersey area. He earned dual bachelor’s degrees in religious studies and social work from Iona College, and theology post-graduate work at St. John’s University.