Hessy Fernandez

Director, Issues Management & Crisis Communications

Director, Issues Management & Crisis Communications

hesselin.fernand@ufl.edu

Hessy Fernandez is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in Communications, Public Affairs, and Broadcast Media. An astute communicator who influences others to successfully reach consensus, cultivate alliances and raise support on key issues. She is known for her credibility, professionalism, storytelling, and ability to break through the noise to reach diverse audiences. Hessy has worked successfully across industries and sectors and held strategic and leadership roles at Miami Dade College (MDC), Sen. John McCain’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, the Republican National Committee (RNC), Principal Strategy Group, Univision Communications, and Telemundo Network. 

Hessy has a real knack for working well under pressure.  She is spirited, diligent, and her disposition to solve problems at a moment’s notice is truly admirable.  These skills have proven themselves invaluable during a crisis where attitude, collaboration, and clear thinking make all the difference between success and failure. She is a proven spokesperson and experienced commentator having appeared on TV, radio and print media outlets.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Marketing degree at Florida International University (FIU). She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from FIU.