Fredrick Hernandez

Fredrick's passion for policy arose at a very young age; the son of two career civil servants, policy and public service were always at the core of his life growing up. Inspired by his parents' service, he enlisted in the United States Army and was on active duty for four years. His service included a 13-month tour of South Korea as a part of the United Nations in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. His experience in Korea demonstrated how well-formed policy decisions can dramatically alter the well-being of people's lives.

Concluding his service and feeling a continued passion for public policy, he earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

Fredrick is the Economic Fellow at Third Way, where he researches various economic issues affecting workers and their families across the country. Before joining Third Way, Fredrick worked for CU Denver's Office of Veteran and Military Student Services, supporting veterans in higher education. He also worked with the University of Michigan's Poverty Solutions supportive economic mobility programs in the City of Detroit. Fredrick is passionate about improving the economic social safety net for Americans, supporting economic mobility, and reducing poverty in communities across the United States.

In his personal time, Fredrick is an avid hiker, amateur chef, and short story writer.


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