Two University of South Florida graduates are recent additions to the University Area Community Development Corp. staff, including one who served as the president of USF's Student Government Association.
Cesar Hernandez and Carla Millar were hired by the community development corporation office at 14013 N. 22nd St. to serve as the community engagement coordinator and grant writer, respectively.
"Cesar and Carla bring knowledge, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to help the people of the University Area community," said Dan Jurman, the UACDC executive director and chief executive officer.
"They both have strong ties to the University of South Florida, a critical partner for the future of our community."
The new hires aim to help maximize the nonprofit organization's ability to strengthen its role in an area of unincorporated Hillsborough County west of the USF campus where many low-income and underemployed people live, the release states.
The goal of the community development corporation is to champion efforts aimed to spur redevelopment, reduce crime, promote healthy living, strengthen needy families and empower at-risk children and young adults to be successful.
In his new role, Hernandez will serve as a community liaison. He will meet with residents to listen to and address their concerns.
As a former president of student government at USF, Hernandez managed a $16 million budget, represented 48,000 students and served on the USF Board of Trustees.
Hernandez also served as a student mentor. He received honors including the top-ranked policy presentation in the world at the 2011 Education Without Borders conference in Dubai. Hernandez also spearheaded philanthropy efforts in Latin America, Haiti, Israel, Uganda and United Arab Emirates, the release states. He is pursuing a second undergraduate degree at USF.
As a grant writer, Millar plans to help the center secure more grants and expand its funding sources. Millar earned a bachelor's degree in family, youth and community sciences at the University of Florida, and completed a master's degree in public health with a concentration in behavioral science at USF last year.
In her short time on the job, Millar has applied for more than $32 million in grant funding on the center's behalf, the release states.