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City Manager

City of Carson City Manager
City Manager   
Nelson Hernandez

701 E. Carson St
Carson, CA 90745

Phone: (310) 952-1728
Nelson Hernandez has 30 years of distinguished public service. He has worked for four federal agencies in senior executive positions: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Additionally, he has served four cities, City of Montebello, City of Los Angeles, City of Ventura and City of San Diego. During his career, he has focused on policy development and analysis, program development, evaluation and operations, strategic planning and organizational development.
While working for the City of Montebello, he established ground breaking economic development funds using private, city and federal funds in partnership with a community bank and HUD. He continued his trail blazing ways in Ventura. Under his leadership, Ventura was the first city in California to create an equity investment fund for small high-tech start-up firms and develop a high-tech incubator to house those start-up firms. In San Diego, he made significant operational improvements and took a leadership role in the establishment of prevailing wages for public works projects.
Nelson has a record of superior federal service. He worked at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in the capacity of Senior Associate Director, Housing and Community Investment. He was responsible for developing affordable housing and community investment policies and regulations (approximately $500B annually) over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks. As National Director of Community Affairs at FDIC, Nelson created the award winning Money Smart Program and established policies and programs that assisted financial institutions achieve compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act. At HUD, he managed the Los Angeles Field Office, and administered $2B in grant awards. At the U.S. Department of Justice, Nelson administered crime reduction and neighborhood improvement programs and technical assistance grants.
Nelson was elected chairman by his peers at the Housing and Community Development Division of the American Planning Association. In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Service to America medal for his work at the FDIC. In 2001, he was awarded a Fellowship by the US-Japan Foundation. From 1994 – 1998, he served as Transportation Commissioner for the City of Whittier.
Nelson earned his Masters of Public Administration at City University of New York under a Ford Foundation Fellowship. He graduated with a B.A. from UCLA. He is committed to continuous learning and has earned the following certificates: Housing and Community Development Community (Harvard University); Transportation Planning (UC Riverside); Real Estate Finance (Urban Land Institute); and Advance Management (CSULB).
Nelson is married to Celia Hernandez. They have a son, Marcel, who is a freshman at San Francisco State University. He loves to read, exercise and travel. He is bilingual (Spanish).
~ Last Update: 5/7/2014 ~