Catherine Hernandez, Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Catherine has an extensive background in community organizing, policy, and the built environment. She leads an Architecture studio where she creates service-enhanced affordable housing and socially-beneficial community facilities that promote the social, economic and physical transformation of underserved communities. She's a housing advocate in her field and supports various organizations throughout Southern California ranging from tenant unions to policy development pushing for Housing for All. Currently, she co-organizes with Design As Protest, to hold the profession accountable in reversing the violence and injustice that architecture, design, and urban planning practices that have inflicted upon Black people and communities. Additionally, she has led youth workshops, summer camps, and portfolio reviews to empower youth to affect change in their community through Design.