Cesar Fernandez, the ride-booking company’s Miami-based Senior Public Policy Associate, is joining the board, said Julio Fuentes, the chamber’s president and CEO, in a statement.
“Cesar’s breadth of experience in political and government affairs coupled with his innate leadership qualities, makes him a powerful addition to our board,” Fuentes said. Fernandez was a member of the 2015 class of Florida Politics’ “30 Under 30” Rising Stars of state politics.
“He knows first-hand the business community’s critical role in and impact on our state. Uber is an innovative company that will help bolster employment and economic opportunities for our state. We welcome Cesar’s leadership and support of our mission to educate our statewide members on free market principles and economic growth.”
Fernandez added: “Cultivating entrepreneurs is critical to the success of Florida’s economy. I’m honored to be part of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Governors, which represents the interests of more than 600,000 Hispanic-owned businesses across the state, and look forward to serving with these distinguished leaders.”
Fernandez joined the Uber Public Affairs Team in Florida in January 2015. He has worked at the city, county and state levels to secure regulatory frameworks for transportation network companies (TNCs), a press release said.
Before working for Uber, he was political director on Gov. Charlie Crist‘s 2014 gubernatorial campaign and successfully managed the political campaigns of incoming Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Clemens and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.
In 2011-12, he was a legislative aide in the Florida Senate. Fernandez was born and raised in Miami and is a graduate of the University of Florida.