Noelani Pearl Hernandez
Principal & Founder
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Noelani has been active in nonprofit work for over 25 years. She and her husband, Albert Hernandez, the Love of her Life, live with their blended families, her daughter, and her three bonus children.
Noelani earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University and holds certifications in High Conflict Management, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Work Place, as well as a Certified Professional in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizational Change. Along with being a Principal at Pearl Hernandez Consulting, she is Vice President of Cultural and Leadership at Charity Navigator.
Noelani Pearl Hernandez has over two decades of nonprofit and political campaign management experience. Her work in development, public relations, board management, nonprofit/ campaign strategy, civil rights, social justice, and diversity/ inclusion gives her a broad view to help her clients’ organizations succeed.
Her leadership roles in public service and professional efforts give her the well-rounded experience needed to coach nonprofit leaders and executives successfully.
Noelani’s nonprofit work includes serving on boards of several nonprofits focusing on education and income equity while enlightening minority populations to use their voice. She works closely with nonprofit executives at Pearl Hernandez Consulting, where she is the principal and co-founder. She provides her nonprofit management expertise to the Nonprofit Leadership Lab as their Director of Community, Diversity, and Belonging.
Over a decade ago, she started coaching nonprofit and community leaders and political candidates. This experience gives her a unique view, helping her clients thrive and pivot. She has a distinctive coaching style that combines therapeutic modalities, coaching methods, experienced strategic advice, and a healthy dose of real straightforward talk for a perfect combination that you need to move towards your success.
She has coached countless nonprofit executives acting as a crucial advisor in helping their organizations go from good to extraordinary.
Through her in-depth understanding of how things can go amazingly right and incredibly wrong in a nonprofit, she can create comprehensive best next steps for any nonprofit. She has coached clients to raise millions of dollars by building deep relationships with donors and foundations during her work with her clients. Conducted Board Retreats focused on strategic planning sessions, helping them create in-depth theories of change, strategic plans, and metric-based goals. She has guided the creation of diversity, equity, and inclusion plans and made leadership transition plans for organizations experiencing different changes.
Noelani strives for excellence in everything she does, fueled by a belief in the fundamental right of equality. She understands the positive impact of a well-rounded education on a community. She strives daily to ensure that students receive the education they need and deserve.
Noelani was the first Filipina America elected to her school board in the Bay Area. She served as the board’s first woman of color President.. Noelani was awarded one of the Most Influential Filipina Woman in World Award, Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40 awards, and was inducted into the East Side Union School District Hall of Fame.